Keuka Outlet Trail
As the southern finger lakes region continues to redevelop varieties of very old and new wheat and grain in the regional grains project considering our past milling traditions might lead to new innovations. Walking the outlet trail once home to numerous mills, a canal-way and rail line is great way to experience nature and explore our agricultural, industrial and transportation past. Waterways were an available source of constant power for mills and other industrial application in the past. The energy of the moving of the water could be converted by water wheels and turbine and before piston powered air compressors the trompe used a flowing stream to do the same. Can we use 21st century technologies to advance 19th century concepts that might prove more sustainable? As wind power returns could water power also be harnessed without overly jeopardizing the ecology of the region?
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