Engaging our Communities in Responsible Stewardship



Invasive Species Eradication

Our work to control invasive species throughout the county includes the removal of water chestnut and European frog-bit from local lakes and ponds as well as chopping up stands of Japanese knotweed, and more.

Clean Heating and Cooling

Heat Smart Otsego is a community-based clean heating and cooling initiative to help residents and businesses lower their energy bills, improve comfort, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Online Garage Sale

If you find yourself with good condition items that you no longer need, donate them to the OCCA online garage sale and help support our efforts to protect Otsego County’s environment! Items should have a minimum value of $10.


ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 7 – July 1, 2020

Spotlight on Invasives: Not so Wild about Parsnip Wednesday, July 8, 12-1pm Wild parsnip has been taking over our roadsides and fields, where it crowds out native plants and poses a threat to our health and safety. Join OCCA Program Director, Jeff O’Handley, for this look at parsnip: where it comes from, why

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Together we can make a change.

As a part of the environmental community, OCCA and its staff express profound grief at the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. Systemic racism remains to be an ongoing blight in our country, and it is incumbent upon all of us to change this.

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 6 – June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020:  Vol. 14, No. 6 Water Chestnut Pull on Goodyear Lake: Facebook Live Sunday, June 7, around 10:30am. Join the OCCA team for a short trip on the Goodyear Lake “Stump Lot” in search of the invasive plant, water chestnut. In this short, live video we’ll show you

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The Power of Planning, During and after the Pandemic

Wednesday, May 20, 1-2pm   The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to fundamentally change how our communities are planned for the future. Communities will have to learn to adapt current planning practices such as holding public meetings, amending zoning codes, and developing comprehensive plans to post-pandemic standards. Join OCCA Environmental Planner,

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 5 – May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020:  Vol. 14, No. 5 Heat Smart Otsego Events  Learn about clean heating and cooling technologies for your home or business through this series of free, 45-minute webinars. Join from your home computer, tablet or smart phone! • “Whole Home Retrofit” presented by Snug Planet. Tuesday, May 5, noon. Sign Up Here• “Geothermal

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How to Get Rid Of...

A tool to determine how to recycle or properly dispose of items in Otsego County.

Mobile Recycling Lookup

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Upcoming Events

Cleanup on Highway 80!

Want to get some exercise AND help the environment? Join us as we conduct a highway cleanup along a 2-mile section of State Route 80.  Safety gear (hardhat, vest, gloves)

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Paddle and Pull–Silver Lake

A lovely, 40-acre lake in western Otsego County, Silver Lake has a robust population of water chestnut (Trapa natans) and a growing amount of European frog-bit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae), two high

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How You Can Help Protect Our Local Environment

Donations provide the foundation for our work throughout Otsego County. By becoming a supporter of OCCA, you become a part of a unique countywide environmental organization whose mission is to protect local natural resources for the benefit of all. 


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