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Protecting our Water Quality

Last spring C-OFOKLA won a $50,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), to assess runoff pollution—focusing on nutrients and sediment—and make recommendations for improving water quality for four kettle lakes: Crooked Lake, Little York Lake, Song Lake, andTully Lake. Working in conjunction with Cortland County Soil & Water Conservation District, Syracuse University’s Environmental Finance Center, and New Jersey-based Princeton Hydro, over the summer the partners sampled and studied lake water quality, synthesized existing information, and developed plans for tackling pollution from stormwater—water generated by rain or snow melt events—to the lakes.

Based on the lake studies, the partners have developed initial, conceptual project designs to manage stormwater pollution and improve water quality in the kettle lakes. Now the project partners will share study results and initial project designs at public meetings scheduled for November 14th and 15th.

“We need community feedback to select final project designs,” observed Tarki Heath, President of C-OFOKLA. “We’re hoping for a good turnout at our meetings because water quality impacts us all: farmers, fishers, boaters, property owners and municipalities.”

The draft plans will be published on the C-OFOKLA web site at www.cofokla.org by November 12th. The public meetings will be held as follows:

  • Tuesday, November 14th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Homer Center for the Arts (register here)
  • Wednesday, November 15 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Tully United Community Church (register here)

Residents are encouraged to take a look through the plans on the C-OFOKLA web site and bring their questions and comments to the meeting. It is sure to be a lively discussion.