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Loop The Lake With FLI

How can the last Ice Age, which occurred ~14,000 years ago, continue to effect how water resources are managed today? What role do the lowlands of the basin play in its drainage and flow? How were the multiple Finger Lakes gorges formed? On Saturday, May 10, The Finger Lakes Institute and special guest Bill Kappel, a hydrogeologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Ithaca will attempt to answer these questions and more during the “Loop-the-Lake Tour: Hydrogeology of the Oswego River Basin.” This day-long field trip will depart from the Finger Lakes Institute at 10 a.m., headed for Cayuga Lake, to explore representative natural and man-made physical features of the Oswego River Basin, which covers 5,100 square miles and drains seven of the 11 Finger Lakes, in addition to Onondaga Lake, Cross Lake and Oneida Lake. On stops along the way, Kappel will provide explanations of the geology, hydrology, and topography of the geographic area. Participants will take a gorge tour, stop at a lock of the NYS Barge Canal and visit wetlands to emphasize the role geology, man-made structures, land uses, and low gradients play in the basin’s water quality and quantity. Each participant will receive an information packet on various features and characteristics of the Cayuga Lake watershed and Oswego River Basin and is encouraged to read “Managing the Water Resources of the Owsego River Basin in Central New York,” published by the USGS (and FLLOWPA (Finger Lakes – Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance) prior to the field trip.This field trip is free and open to the public. Although transportation is provided to and from the Finger Lakes Institute in Geneva, attendees can arrange a meeting place to join the caravan at separate location. Registration is required by calling (315) 781-4382 or emailing fli@hws.edu.