The Top of the Watershed: Cooperstown, NY

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Since my research framework has shifted away from a narrow focus on the Chesapeake Bay Model and more towards the material, social, technological, and scientific construction of the watershed, I’ve been trying to get a better sense of the watershed – particularly in the New York portion where I live. On New Years Eve, Trish and I drove up to Cooperstown, NY to see Lake Otsego – the headwater of the Susquehanna River, which contributes the largest portion of water to the Bay and also forms its main stem. We arrived late in the afternoon, and it quickly began turning dark, but I got some decent photos while we were there, and learned a lot about the lake and the town at its base.

Interestingly to me, we did not see many references to the Chesapeake Bay in the signage along the lakeshore despite the heavily environmental focus. The only reference we noticed was a large sign discussing the history of the lake and town, which mentioned that the stone at the mouth of the lake – known as “Council Rock” marks the beginning of the Susquehanna river, which winds 464 miles before flowing into the Chesapeake Bay.

I’ll have more to say about the watershed and living in its upper regions shortly, but I wanted to share these pictures as my small way of contributing to the construction of the watershed.