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2017 Events

Kettle Lake Events – Fall 2017

We have 3 great events lined up for this fall and we hope that you can join us for each of them.

September 24th

Our 10th Annual Water Festival and Picnic at the

Little York Lake Indoor/Outdoor Pavilion

1:00 to 4:00

Join us as we celebrate our beautiful lakes with our watershed community. Great food, great music and games, displays and more!


 October 8th

Backyard and Lakeside Habitat

2:00 Walking Tour – Tracy Lake Land Conservancy

Park off Gatehouse Road, Tully

4:00 Hometown Habitat, Tully United Community Church

5872 Meetinghouse Road, Tully

We will take a walking tour of Tracy Lake in Tully.

After the tour, we will go to the butterfly way-station garden at the Tully Community Church and share refreshments and a movie, Hometown Habitat,by Catherine Zimmerman of the Meadow Project. 

Janet Allen, nationally recognized educator and advocate for native habitat restoration, will join us for this special afternoon.

October 29th
Art & Ecology: Artists and Their Passions III

Join us at the Homer Center for the Arts.  This event will showcase a range of artists, Including Eli Thomas, Onondaga Nation watercolor artist; Mary Gail Perkins from the Upstate Freshwater Institute Lab Technician and extraordinary photographer; Jenn Gandee, local ceramicist; Mary Gaehl, mixed media artist.

The artists will be available from 1:00 to 5:00 on the 29th, and their works will be displayed in the gallery through the week.

Clean, Drain & Dry or What’s on that Boat?

Sunday August 27th        10 AM to 2 PM

Dwyer Park,  Little York Lake,  Pavilion #3

Bring your family and stop by Pavilion 3 for

  • Games
  • Free Ice Cream
  • Demonstration of Clean Drain & Dry
  • Boater Safety Tips
  • See the ‘invaders’ up close

It is getting to the end of boating season. Even if you have had your boat in one lake all season, do you know the proper procedures to Clean, Drain & Dry it and help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS or weeds)?  Join us on August 27th to see how first hand and enjoy a tasty treat while you learn.

This event is part of the Kettle Lake Speaker Series in collaboration with Cortland County Soil & Water Conservation District


It IS Getting Hot in Here

We’re seeing our lakes warming based on real data gathered by CSLAP volunteers. That was the message in Scott Kishbaugh’s presentation at the Kettle Lakes Speaker Series on Monday evening.

As a consequence, we have to expect a changing environment including different plants, different pests, and maybe impacts to our daily water quality.

While Kishbaugh was conservative in his statements, the crowd of nearly 50 residents were engaged, pressing him to clarify the causes and impacts of these changes. At one point, Preble town supervisor Jim Doring asked if there was scientific consensus on humans causing global warming. Kishbaugh noted that he was not an expert but that, in his opinion, the evidence seems clear.

In fact, scientific consensus is pretty clear. Here’s a Wikipedia article that summarizes and explains the view: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_opinion_on_climate_change . And here’s a link to the UN consensus report which provides more scientific background and is the ultimate source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_opinion_on_climate_change.

The takeaway from the talk is that we need to recognize that our lakes and rivers will change as the climate changes and we need to adjust management practices to accommodate these changes.  We can also take steps, both individually and as a community, to reduce global warming and preserve our environment.

Next up in our Speaker Series is Dr. Gregory Boyer on May 23 speaking on the effects of warming waters on algal blooms. Be sure to register now for this important event.

Is it Getting Hot in Here?

Drought, pests and impacts on our drinking water: these are some of the possible consequences of global warming on our watersheds according to Scott Kishbaugh, Chief, DOW Lake Monitoring and Assessment Section at DEC. He will present his data and explore these and other implications in his talk on Monday, April 18th at 7pm at Tully HS. Register here for your free tickets to this event.

“19 out of the 20 hottest years on record have occurred since 1980,” he noted. “More importantly, thanks to our C-SLAP program and the great work by our local lake volunteers, we have data showing the impact on New York State lakes and we can already see changes occurring.”

Join us as we explore the changes and potential impacts to our everyday lives. Engage in the community discussion on what we can all do to help maintain our environment and our quality of life.

Beginning at 6pm students from the SUNY-ESF Limnology program will be on hand to present their most recent research on our local lakes.

C-OFOKLA is dedicated to the preservation of the kettle lakes, surrounding waters and watershed regions in Cortland and Onondaga counties. Members include associations from, Crooked Lake, Little York Lake, Song Lake and Tully Lake; Watershed Partner – The Central New York Land Trust;  Corporate Partners – AXI Digital & CH2M. All events are free and open to the public. Donations to defray costs are accepted at the door or online.

SUNY ESF Limnology Students in Tully on 4/18

C-OFOKLA ha s a long-running partnership with Dr. Kim Schultz and her limnology program at SUNY-ESF. Each year students meet with representatives from member lakes and discuss areas of research that would be helpful. Following successful projects, the students present their results in a fall poster session at the school.

We have invited several of the students to join us at 6pm on April 18th at Tully High School to present their posters and discuss their research with members of the community. Here is a link to abstracts of their posters from the fall posters session.

This annual event is a great opportunity to find out what is going on with some key issues on our lakes as well as to hear first hand from the students about their findings. As we continue to deal with issues such as weeds and algal blooms, the more we know the better we can fight. Be sure to pre-register for the event here. Registration is free and helps us with facility planning.

The first of our Speakers Series events will immediately follow the poster session at 7 pm. Featuring Scott Kishbaugh from DEC, the talk will focus on the effects of warming waters on our lakes.

C-OFOKLA 2016 Speakers Series Unveiled: Our Warming Waters

C-OFOKLA is pleased to announce its 2016 Speakers Series with three important and timely topics for residents of the Kettle Lake region and beyond. This series builds on the successful 2015 series which attracted 50-75 attendees each.

“We’re focusing in on our lakes and watershed in this series,” noted Tarki Heath, president of C-OFOKLA. “In particular, we’re looking at what effects external factors such as global warming and changes in our food production have and what we can do.”

All events are free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged to ensure your seat. Please visit cofokla.org/events to register.

Details of the events follow:

Effects of Warming Waters on Fish, Plants and Animals in New York Lakes

Monday, April 18th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Tully High School

Scott Kishbaugh, NYS Dep. of Conservation, Chief of the Lakes Monitoring and Assessment Section for Water Assessment Management.

Our lakes are warming, but what will the likely impacts be for the fish, plants and others that inhabit our lakes? Find out from the expert. Understanding and studying the lakes of NY has been Scott Kishbaugh’s life work. His presentations are clear, clever and packed with important information for all those who understand the uniqueness and importance of our NYS lakes.
Join us at 6:00 PM with Dr. Kimberly Schulz and several SUNY-ESF Limnology students to view and discuss their work on our lakes.

Effects of Warming Waters on Harmful and Toxic Algae

Monday, May 23rd, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Tully High School

Dr. Gregory Boyer, Chair of the Environmental Chemistry Department at SUNY- ESF and Director of the Great
Lakes Research Consortium

Pictures of Lake Erie and other NYS waterways, covered with green algae have been prominent in the media. How bad is the algae and what can we expect as our waters warm? Find out from the internationally recognized, leading expert on this issue. Whether you are concerned about recreational swimming, fishing and aesthetics, or the impacts to our drinking water, this presentation will be enlightening and inform.

Effects of Warming Waters on Farms and Farming

Monday, June 20th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location TBA

Amanda Barber – Cortland Soil & Water Conservation District
Mike McMahon – EZ Acres Farm
Additional Speakers TBA

Farmers make their living from the land and are connected to it. They were the first stewards of land and water resources and continue to work hard to protect these for the next generation.

Join our distinguished panel as they outline current thinking in farm best management practices to support environmental and economically sustainable agriculture. Learn more about the progress that has been made and the challenges that farmers face in a rapidly evolving environment.

About C-OFOKLA – The Cortland – Onondaga Federation of Kettle Lake Associations, Inc. (C-OFOKLA) is dedicated to the preservation of the kettle lakes, surrounding waters and watershed regions in Cortland and Onondaga counties.

C-OFOKLA does so by advocating awareness of lake resources, educating communities about watersheds and their protection, and promoting stewardship of those waterways.