Cayuga Lake Sediment

May 25, 2005


Provided and copyright by: Bill Hecht
Summary authors & editors: Bill Hecht

The above aerial photograph was taken on April 5, 2005, a few days after a heavy storm dumped 2-4 inches (5-10 cm) of rain over western New York. When I flew over Taughannock Falls State Park, I could see an impressive sediment plume spreading across Cayuga Lake -- the largest of the Finger Lakes. Also the entire north end of Cayuga Lake near Ithaca was mud-choked. Much of this sediment results from topsoil loss. See the links below for additional aerial views of the lake.

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