bEE ASSIGNMENT 4 - Cayuga Lake is the longest of western...

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Cayuga Lake is the longest of western New York's glacial Finger Lakes, and is the second largest in surface area and volume. The water quality in Cayuga is generally very good, providing public water supply and supports a balanced biological community. It has a maximum depth of 132 meters, with its deepest point extending below sea level. Although the lake is a major recreational resource for the community (water using for consumption and waste disposal), industrial development is low (minimal pollution hazard). It offers a diverse fishery for both coldwater and warmwater species. The fish population is strong, which is managed to maximize salmonid production. The north end of Cayuga Lake supports good growth of aquatic vegetation, to a lesser extent so does the southern end. A narrow fringe of weeds also runs along the shoreline. The lake's morphometry directly affects its biotic habitat. The lake's large volume of cold, well-oxygenated water provides a superb habitat for a cold water fishery. The littoral zone, which provides suitable habitat for warm water fish, is limited to the northern and southern lake basins. Sea Lamprey are a parasitic fish that feed off the blood and body fluids of many game fish. Controlling sea lampreys is an important step in sustaining the quality fishery in Cayuga Lake. The Lake Source Cooling (LSC) Project at Cornell University utilizes the deep cold waters of Cayuga Lake (a nearby renewable resource) in order to upgrade and expand the central campus chilled water system. In its overall attempt to conserve energy, this unique design presents itself as economically-friendly through its incorporation of Cayuga’s deep cold water as a renewable resource. Since its online appearance in 2000, this effort reduced campus expenditures on cooling by 80 percent, equating to millions of kilowatt-hours per year of savings. But what about the impact of the LSC on the lake ecosystem? The impacts of LSC are a central focus for the LSC project team. The team constantly performs analyses to help quantify the potential LSC impacts on the lake ecosystem. These impacts primarily involve the lake’s
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2009 for the course BEE 3299 taught by Professor Scott,n.r. during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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bEE ASSIGNMENT 4 - Cayuga Lake is the longest of western...

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