Lake_Notes - 1) Lake Cayuga is the second largest of New...

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1) Lake Cayuga is the second largest of New York’s Finger Lakes. The lake extends 38 miles north of Ithaca to the lakes outflow into Seneca River. Cayuga lake has a large volume of deep water that remains cold yearlong, called morphometry . The lake holds salmonoids, particularly Atlanta Salmon and lake trout. The lake is also used as a public water supply. During the late fall, winter, and early spring the temperature and density is relatively uniform. The lake experiences vertical variations in temperature that causes the lake to stratify thermally during the warmer months. As the sun’s energy increases in the spring the upper waters of the lake start to warm up. These warmer regions are separated from the cooler ones. They then remain stratified until fall. The morphometry aspect of the lake affects the biotic habitat. The large amount of cold wter, provides a great habitat for cold water fishery. The habiat for warm water fish is limited to the northern and southern lake basins. Cayuga lake shows characteristics of moderate productivity. Phytoplankton litters the lake, Zooplankton are also present and crustaceans, insect larvae, oligochaetes, and mollusks are also present. 2) The benefits to the Lake Cooling project outweigh the negatives. Energy saving is one of the major benefits and the numbers support that. The LSCP has a quick and drastic effect on the university’s electrical usage and is also more efficient. The LSCP reduces electricity usage by 80% and saves 20 million kWh/year of electricity. I looked up the 2007 price per kWh in NY and it was $.1689. If you take that number and multiply it by the 20 million kWh that it saves the campus roughly $3,378,000 a year! That means that the project will pay for itself in roughly 18 years and the LSCP is expected to last 75 to 100 years. When thinking of the CO2 discharges you have to bring in many variables. The
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