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The Otsego County Conservation Association is seeking nominations for its annual Conservationist of the Year award. The award will be given to an individual, citizens’ group or grassroots organization, governmental body, non-profit organization with 501 (c)(3) standing or a business that has made a positive difference in environmental protection, preservation or education in Otsego County. OCCA will present the award at their Annual Picnic on September 10th at Gilbert Lake State Park.

OCCA Executive Director Leslie Orzetti says “The Conservationist of the Year award is a wonderful way to recognize citizens and organizations that do so much not only for the environment itself, but also in educating our citizens on the importance of natural resource conservation.” In 2016, Tom Salo of Burlington was named Conservationist of the Year for his work with DOAS on reducing accidental lead poisoning of bald eagles.”  OCCA is now seeking nominations for the 2017 awardee(s). Nominations must be submitted by August 18.

Preference will be given to nominees residing in Otsego County. Environmental professionals and businesses are not eligible to be nominated based on achievements accomplished for their compensated employment or profit making enterprise. Nominations may be made by individuals, citizens’ groups or grassroots organizations, governmental bodies, non-profit organizations with 501 (c)(3) standing or businesses. The OCCA Board of Directors will review nominations and designate the Conservationist of the Year.

No monetary award will be given to the recipient of the award; however the recipient(s) will be the guests of OCCA at its annual picnic and will be publically recognized at this event. A press release will be issued announcing the recipient, and an announcement will appear in first annual OCCA Annual Report at the end of the year.

To obtain a nomination form, contact OCCA at 547-4488 or e-mail director@occainfo.org.  Forms may also be downloaded from the OCCA website at: http://occainfo.org/coy/.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

 

SAVE THE DATE

 

Invasive Species Awareness Week

July 9-15 is the fourth annual New York Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW). The mission of ISAW is to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species and the harm they can cause by engaging citizens in a wide range of activities across the state, and empowering them to take action to stop the invasion! OCCA is hosting two events for ISAW:

 

Sunday, July 91-3 p.m., Paddle and Pull – Goodyear Lake

OCCA has been working with the Goodyear Lake Association to control water chestnut, a highly invasive aquatic plant, in the Stump Lot. We’ll meet at the fishing access site on Route 28 in Portlandville and set forth. Bring your own canoe or kayak, or borrow one of ours. Space is limited—register today (no charge).

 

Wednesday, July 116:30-8:00 p.m. – Mohican Farm

Digging Knotweed. Japanese knotweed is one of our most persistent and aggressive terrestrial invaders. Learn to recognize knotweed, and get your hands dirty as we try to control a patch of it here at Mohican Farm. Bring hand pruners and hand tools useful for root grubbing. Meet at OCCA’s office at Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown.

Both programs are free, though pre-registration is appreciated (and required, if you want a guaranteed space in our canoe!). Use the sign up form at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/ to register. For more information about Invasive Species Awareness Week, or for a listing of statewide events, visit https://stoptheinvasionny.com/.

 

Get the Kids Out!

July 19 – 10-11:30am – Gilbert Lake State Park

With virtual reality playing a bigger role in our everyday lives, we often lose sight of the beautiful real world that surrounds us. In this program, we will open our eyes, ears, noses and fingertips to gain a greater appreciation for nature. Dress to play in the woods! Program is free, though park admission fees may apply.  Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/

 

Canadarago Lake Day Ecology Paddle

July 22 – 1:30pm – Baker’s Beach

Come paddle with us at Canadarago Lake for a paddle along the shores and a talk about lake ecology.  We’ll be joining the Canadarago Lake Improvement Association picnic and Deowongo Island Day to help celebrate the lake and all it has to offer.  We will have some canoe’s available, but if you have your own canoe or kayak, please feel free to bring it and join us!

 

Nature Walk: Amazing Insects All Around Us

Saturday, July 22 — 10:00 a.m. – SUNY Oneonta College Camp (Hoffman Road)

Join Dr. Jeffrey Heilveil, Chair of the Biology Department at SUNY Oneonta and resident entomologist, for an exciting program. Catch, observe, and learn about many of the late summer insects that reside in Otsego County. Dr. Heilveil will talk about the distinguishing characteristics of different groups of insects, where to find different species, and some of their astounding life histories. College Camp/Hoffman Road is located off East Street, roughly opposite the northern intersection of East Street and Lower Reservoir Road. Free.

 

Save The Date

August 17 – A Walk on the Flat Side, Riddell State Park – 6:30pm

August 23 – Be Informed! Lecture Series – Stream Ecology and Citizen Monitoring Introduction – 6pm

September 10 – OCCA Annual Picnic, Gilbert Lake State Park — 1pm

September 23 – Citizen Monitoring Volunteer Training – 9am-1pm

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Clean Water Campaign Fundraiser!

Did you know that Otsego County has over 1000 miles of streams?  Over 20 designated trout streams? And our streams are the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay watershed?  This year our summer fundraising campaign is all about clean water. We have a goal of $5000 to help us protect Otsego County’s streams.  Your donation will help us not only raise awareness about Otsego County’s streams and what you can do to protect them, but also help us set up our brand new Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program. Check out our fundraising webpage at https://occainfo.networkforgood.com/projects/30827-water-an-essential-element-what-is-it-worth to make your donation today!

 

You Did It!

On June 17, OCCA staff and volunteers poured beer at The Shins concert at Brewery Ommegang. With your help, we raised over $2000 to help us carry out our mission of protecting Otsego County’s natural environment. According to Ommegang, we did a great job, and are in the running for a concert again next year!  Thanks to all our great volunteers who came out to help! And a great big thanks to Ommegang for having us this year.  We had a ball!

 

OCCA Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program Seeking Volunteers

OCCA in partnership with the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring and a stakeholder team of the Otsego Land Trust, Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District, SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station, Trout Unlimited and SUNY Oneonta Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences are setting up a Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program and we are looking for volunteers to help us monitor our waterways. Volunteers can expect to monitor sites once a month throughout the year as conditions allow. An introductory program to stream ecology and citizen monitoring will be August 23 and a volunteer training on September 23. A time commitment of approximately 3-4 hours a month is required.  Interested in being a Stream Team member, call Leslie Orzetti at 547-4488 to sign up!

 

Public Comment Deadline for AFPP!

The draft Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan 2017 Update is available for public review! OCCA, working as part of a committee with Otsego County Department of Planning and Solid Waste, the Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District, and others, completed a draft update of the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan (AFPP). If adopted, the AFPP will help prioritize programs that will encourage development of sustainable agriculture for the forseeable future.  The draft plan is available online at http://occainfo.org/agriculture-farmland-protection-plan/. We encourage anyone with an interest in agriculture to review the plan and submit comments to OCCA or Otsego County Planning Department by July 31.

 

Household Hazardous Waste Day

The twentieth annual Household Hazardous Waste Day will be held on Friday, September 8, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Unadilla, and Saturday, September 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cooperstown. This free event allows County residents to dispose of hazardous wastes, including pesticides, paints, antifreeze, batteries, electronics, and more. Check http://www.otsegocounty.com/depts/sw/HHW.htm for details. Volunteer Opportunity: On September 9, volunteers are needed to help with the annual latex paint recycling collection at Household Hazardous Waste Day. Volunteers will sort, open cans, and mix paint, and will also help direct traffic, flatten cardboard, and other tasks. Contact Jeff O’Handley programdirector@occainfo.org, to sign up.

 

TerraCycle Update.

TerraCycle is a company that specializes in recycling hard-to-recycle waste.  OCCA currently maintains a TerraCycle collection bin outside the Farmers’ Market building at 101 Main Street, Cooperstown. We currently collect natural wine corks, writing implements (pens, mechanical pencils, markers) and oral care products (used toothbrushes and toothbrush packaging, empty toothpaste tubes and dental floss containers. The YMCA in Oneonta also has a TerraCycle collection. They accept the following: Brita water filters; Solo drink cups; energy bar wrappers; cereal bags; Febreze packaging; beauty/personal care containers; and snack bags (w/foil liner ONLY). These items must be separated and deposited in the proper containers at the Y. For information on TerraCycle, visit terracycle.com. For questions about the Oneonta YMCA’s collection program, contact Lynn Bailey @ 432-0010.

 

Did You Know?

That the Town of Springfield has almost 10,000 acres of prime farmland? Did you know some of our county’s most viable farmland is in the Butternut Valley? Identifying and prioritizing agricultural land for protection can be a scary and daunting task. In 2017, OCCA in partnership with SUNY Oneonta, developed a computer model to accomplish this task. The model identified six priority areas for conservation in the County. One may ask: why is this important? To answer this question, every dollar generated in agricultural output distributes an additional 45 cents throughout the community. That’s a 145% return! On top of that, according to an American Farmland Trust study, 92% of farmers in New York State do not have an identified successor. As land changes hands, it will be important to know which pieces of agricultural land are in the direst need of protection.

 

(COOPERSTOWN)—Water chestnut and Japanese knotweed are being targeted by the Otsego County Conservation Association in two separate events as part of the fourth annual New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW).

On July 9, OCCA will host a “Paddle and Pull” on Goodyear Lake in search of water chestnut (Trapa natans), an invasive plant from eastern Europe. Participants will meet at the New York State Fishing Access Site on Route 28 in Portlandville and head out into the ‘Stump Lot,’ the northernmost portion of the Lake. Any water chestnut plants found will be pulled by hand and composted. The event takes place from 1 to 3 p.m.

“Ten years ago, water chestnut covered several acres of the Stump Lot,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director. “Through the diligence of many volunteers, we’ve been able to reduce its population significantly.”

The plant forms floating mats of vegetation that shades out native plants. In late summer, it produces a nut with sharp spines that can cause injury if stepped on.

“If you want a guaranteed spot in one of our canoes, we need to hear from you in advance,” O’Handley said. “You could also meet us there with your own canoe or kayak.”

On July 11, OCCA will be “Digging Knotweed” from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Mohican Farm in Springfield. Japanese knotweed grows in dense clumps and spreads rapidly, crowding out native vegetation.

“We’re hoping to find ways to control and eradicate this plant that doesn’t require herbicide,” said O’Handley.

Volunteers will spend the time cutting down knotweed plants, and digging roots out of the soil. All plant parts will be bagged and dried prior to disposal. Volunteers should bring their own gardening gloves and hand shovels or grubbing tools. Participants will meet at OCCA’s Mohican Farm office at 7207 State Highway 80 (corner of Allen Lake Road and Route 80) and walk across the street to the project site.

The mission of Invasive Species Awareness Week is to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species and the harm they can cause by engaging citizens in a wide range of activities across the state, and empowering them to take action to help stop the spread.

Invasive species are organisms that are not native to an area and cause or are likely to cause harm to the environment, the economy, or human health. It is estimated that invasive species cost the United States more than $120 billion in damage each year.

Participation in either event is free, but pre-registration is requested. To sign up for either event, either call O’Handley at (607) 282-4087, or use OCCA’s online program registration page (http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/).

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

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SAVE THE DATE

Lakes Festival

June 1010am-3pm – Glimmerglass State Park

This year’s Otsego Lakes Festival will be on Saturday, June 10, at Glimmerglass State Park, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, Lakes Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the beauty and value of our lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, and to learn about the many organizations working to understand, manage and protect them. The Festival will be held in conjunction with the Clark Sports Center’s Race the Lake marathon. For more information, including how to donate, visit http://occainfo.org/otsego-lakes-festival/

Birding By Ear

June 11 – 830am -12pm – Davis State Park

Learn to tell birds by their songs and calls with the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society. Educational session includes slides, recordings and handouts, followed by a bird hike with DOAS experts, a “bruncheon” buffet, and raffles. Pre-paid reservations required. Space is limited. Visit doas.us for details, or contact DOAS Co-President Becky Gretton at 547-5648.

Pour Beer, Listen to Great Music, Help OCCA

On June 17, OCCA staff and volunteers will be pouring beer at The Shins concert at Brewery Ommegang. All tips received will help us carry out our mission of protecting Otsego County’s natural environment. If you would like to help, contact Program Director Jeff O’Handley at programdirector@occainfo.org by June 9. Thanks to our friends at Ommegang for the opportunity, and thanks to all of you who will help out!

 

Save The Date

July 9 – Paddle and Pull, Goodyear Lake, 1pm

July 15 – Deowongo Island Paddle – 10am

July 19 – Get the Kids Out!, Gilbert Lake State Park, 10am

July 22 – Amazing Insect All Around Us, SUNY College Camp, 10am

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

OCCA Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program Seeking Volunteers

OCCA, in partnership with the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring and a stakeholder team of the Otsego Land Trust, Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District, SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station, Trout Unlimited and SUNY Oneonta Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences are setting up a Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program.  OCCA is looking for volunteers to help us monitor our waterways!  Volunteers can expect to monitor sites once a month throughout the year as conditions allow.  A time commitment of approximately 3-4 hours a month is required.  Interested in being a Stream Team member, call Leslie Orzetti at 547-4488 to sign up!

 

EPA Announces Grants to Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions and exposure. The agency encourages applications from fleets in areas designated as having poor air quality. Priority will be given to projects that engage local communities and applicants that demonstrate their ability to continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended. The application deadline is June 20, 2017. Visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants to learn more.

 

Did You Know?

Rain, rain, go away! According to local climate data we are well on our way to one very wet year.  Average precipitation totals from January to June are approximately 17 inches.  This year we are totaling over 29 inches so far! What can cause us to go from a relatively dry year to a wet one?  The Pacific Ocean….what?  How can the Pacific Ocean affect weather in Otsego County?  One of the biggest drivers of our weather on a seasonal scale from year to year is a cycle of water temperature changes that takes place in the tropical Pacific Ocean, from the coast of South America to the International Dateline. This cycle has two phases, with names that you are probably familiar with if you follow the weather regularly: El Niño and La Niña. Together they make up a larger pattern called the El Niño Southern Oscillation, or ENSO.  Because of a strong El Niño event in the 2015/2016 year, and a weak La Niña, we have some odd weather patterns to contend with this year. A quick return to a warm pattern so soon after the last very warm event creates unique challenges for this summer’s forecast. Typically the La Niña event following a strong El Niño results in cooler ocean temperatures across the northern hemisphere. This time, however, those cool ocean temperatures never truly got a chance to set in, and there’s still a considerable amount of lingering warmth on the map instead.  Meteorologists have not seen this type of warm-over-warm pattern since reliable global records have been kept.  What does that mean for us?  All bets are off, and no one really knows.  But hey, climate change is a hoax.  Right?

Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee
967 County Highway 33, Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-8778

For Immediate Release

Lakes Festival to be held at Glimmerglass State Park

COOPERSTOWN– The 9th Otsego Lakes Festival will be held in Glimmerglass State Park in Springfield onSaturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s event is being coordinated with the Clark Sports Center’s 4th Annual “Race the Lake” marathon and half-marathon around Otsego Lake, which ends in the park.

Organized under the umbrella of the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, the Otsego Lakes Festival celebrates the value of our lakes, rivers, streams and ponds, and is an opportunity for visitors to learn about the many organizations in Otsego County working to protect these important resources. WQCC members will be on hand to distribute information and literature, discuss water quality issues one on one, and provide an overview of the various programs offered to help ensure the continued well-being of our water resources.

Activities this year include free paddle board demonstrations and lessons by Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales of Portlandville, “touch tanks” featuring live fish, plants and aquatic invertebrates found in Otsego Lake, offered by SUNY-Oneonta Biological Field Station and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, adventure activities by the Clark Sports Center, and a guided nature walk in the park. A DJ will provide music throughout the day, and there will be food and beer sampling from local vendors. Admission to Otsego Lakes Festival is free; a special event parking pass for the festival is available on the OCCA website.

Exhibitors, vendors, and sponsors are still needed. Confirmed exhibitors and vendors at the Otsego Lakes Festival thus far include Otsego County Conservation Association, Otsego Soil and Water Conservation District, Otsego Lake Association, Otsego Land Trust, SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station, Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales, and the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited. For information on how to sponsor or exhibit/vend at the event, visit http://occainfo.org/otsego-lakes-festival/.

For more about the Otsego Lakes Festival, or for further details on sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, contact OCCA Executive Director Leslie Orzetti at (607) 547-4488.

For information on Race the Lake, including how to register, contact Event Director Doug McCoy at the Clark Sports Center, (607) 547-2800, ext. 111.

The Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee was established in 1992 as a sub-committee of the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District. It is comprised of a diverse group of people representing state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and lake associations. These members have technical expertise and knowledge and are committed to working to improve and maintain the quality of water in Otsego County through the reduction of nonpoint source pollution within its boundaries. The Otsego Lakes Festival is designed to educate the public on the importance of water resource protection.

The Clark Sports Center opened in 1891 as the Alfred Corning Clark Gymnasium. In 1983, The Clark Foundation announced its intention to build a larger facility. The community’s growth and the need for modernized facilities dictated a much larger building. With the dedication on October 5, 1986, the new ACG Gymnasium opened on Susquehanna Avenue. In June of 1994, the ACG Gymnasium was renamed The Clark Sports Center. In 2015, the Sports Center began a renovation and expansion project adding 56,000 square feet to the existing building. The new facility will open on June 17, 2017.

It is the primary mission of The Clark Sports Center to take an active role in the health, fitness, recreational and educational life of the Village of Cooperstown and its surrounding area. Specific objectives include safe, high quality youth, adult, and family programming as well as outreach programs aimed at addressing the needs of the underserved local populations.

The Otsego County Conservation Association will be hosting an early morning bird walk, led by Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society co-president Becky Gretton, at Mohican Farm in Springfield on Saturday, May 13, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

“Mohican Farm has woods, fields, gardens and wetlands,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director. “As a result, it has a nice variety of birds. And Becky is really good at finding them.”

Participants should bring binoculars, a field guide, and should dress for the weather. The program begins at OCCA’s Mohican Farm office, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, at 7 a.m. Space is limited. To attend, either call OCCA at (607) 547-4488 or register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.

Founded in 1968, Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning, and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org

The Otsego County Conservation Association/Mohican Farm Be Informed Lecture Series continues with a talk and demonstration on Integrated Pest Management for homeowners on Wednesday, May 17 at Mohican Farm in Springfield. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.

“Integrated Pest Management for the Home Greenhouse and Garden” focuses on how the casual gardener can reduce damage from a variety of garden pests. The program, led by Bob Sutherland, manager of The Clark Foundation’s Mohican Farm, will include a lecture and Powerpoint presentation, along with a visit to Mohican Farm’s greenhouse to see some of the techniques put into action.

“For many gardeners, pest management is reactive,” said Sutherland. “People see a problem and react, usually with pesticides. Integrated Pest Management is proactive, and relies much more on prevention.”

Prior to joining The Clark Foundation, Sutherland was an instructor at the Plant Science Department at SUNY Cobleskill. Under his management, Mohican Farm has become a leader in The Clark Foundation’s sustainability efforts.

The Be Informed Lecture Series is a partnership between OCCA and Mohican Farm. The series kicked off in February with a presentation on Climate Smart Communities. The program, which takes place in the workshop at Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Springfield, is free, but space is limited. Those interested in attending should pre-register by visiting http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/ or by calling (607) 547-4488.

Founded in 1968, Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning, and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org

 

May 4, 2017:  Vol. 11, No. 4

SAVE THE DATE

Ag Plastic Collection, Coming This Spring

May 6  – 8am11am – Southern Transfer Station, May 118am-11am – Northern Transfer Station

Farmers, start saving your film plastic! OCCA, in cooperation with Otsego County Solid Waste, Otsego County Soil and Water, and Casella, is holding collection days for Ag Plastic in May. Acceptable plastics include bale wrap, bunker silo cover, silage bags, and greenhouse covers. Plastic must be sorted according to type. For details on storage and transport, contact Program Director Jeff O’Handley at (607) 282-4087.

Carl B. Good Cooperstown Boat Wash Station Dedication

May 125pm – Fish Road, Cooperstown, NY

OCCA in conjunction with the Otsego Lake Association and the Village of Cooperstown will hold a dedication event for the Otsego Lake boat wash station in honor of the late Carl B. Good.  The dedication event will take place at the boat wash station on Fish Rd.

 

OCCA Bird Walk

May 137 – 9am – Mohican Farm, Corner of Rte. 80 and Allen Lake Road

Join DOAS co-president Becky Gretton for this early morning walk around Mohican Farm’s varied habitats in search of birds. Meet at OCCA at 7 a.m.Bring binoculars and a field guide. Free. Pre-register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/

Be Informed!  Lecture Series

May 176:30pm – Mohican Farm, Corner of Rte. 80 and Allen Lake Road

Mohican Farm Manager Bob Sutherland will cover a variety of tips and tricks for keeping pests out of your plants. Meet at the workshop at Mohican Farm. Free, but space is limited. Pre-register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.

Detect and Manage Invasive Species Workshop

May 276:30pm – Mohican Farm, Corner of Rte. 80 and Allen Lake Road

Learn to identify common invasive species in our area, and explore current best management practices used to control them. Led by Dan Snider, Field Projects Manager for the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP). Space is limited, registration is free. Workshop is at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Center, 173 South Grand Street, Cobleskill. Contact CCE to register at (518) 234-4303, ext. 0. Also offered on June 3 at the CCE Education Center, 123 Lake Street, Cooperstown.

OCCA Basswood Pond State Forest Hike

June 39am – Basswood Pond State Forest

OCCA program director Jeff O’Handley leads a 2-mile walk on the blue trail at Basswood Pond State Forest in Burlington. Meet at the small parking area on Basswood Road, approximately 1/3 of a mile from County Road 16 in Burlington. Free.

Lakes Festival

June 1010am-3pm – Glimmerglass State Park

Planning is underway for this year’s Otsego Lakes Festival.  The festival will again be held in conjunction with the Race The Lake Marathon sponsored by the Clark Sports Center.  The event celebrates Otsego County’s lakes with outdoor activities, environmental education, local artisans, music, food and fun.  The festival begins at 10am and will take place at Glimmerglass State Park.  If you are interested in being a sponsor, exhibitor or vendor see OCCA’s website at www.occainfo.org/Otsego-lakes-festival.

Lakes Festival

June 11 – 830am -12pm – Davis State Park

Learn to tell birds by their songs and calls with the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society. Educational session includes slides, recordings and handouts, followed by a bird hike with DOAS experts, a “bruncheon” buffet, and raffles. Pre-paid reservations required. Space is limited. Visit doas.us for details, or contact DOAS Co-President Becky Gretton at 547-5648.

Save The Date

June 17 – OCCA Highway Clean-Up

June 24 – OCCA Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program Kick-Off Event

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ommegang Concert Charity Pour Seeking Volunteers

OCCA is the newest recipient of Brewery Ommegang’s charity pour program!  We have the opportunity to pour beer and earn tips during one of the coveted summer concerts.  This year OCCA will be pouring during The Shins on June 17, and we need your help!  We have to recruit approximately 100 helpers with your glowing personalities to help turn this into a great fundraiser for our programs.  If you’re interested in hearing a great show and helping OCCA at the same time call 547-4488.  Keep in mind you need to be 21 to attend this event.  Thanks!

 

OCCA Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program Seeking Volunteers

OCCA in partnership with the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring and a stakeholder team of the Otsego Land Trust, Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District, SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station, Trout Unlimited and SUNY Oneonta Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences are setting up a Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program.  OCCA is looking for volunteers to help us monitor our waterways!  Volunteers can expect to monitor sites once a month throughout the year as conditions allow.  A time commitment of approximately 3-4 hours a month is required.  Interested in being a Stream Team member, call Leslie Orzetti at 547-4488 to sign up!

 

Rotary Spring Fling

Visit us at Rotary Spring Fling! OCCA will have a table on Saturday, May 20 at the fourth annual Cooperstown Rotary Spring Fling! Stop by and visit and find out what we’re up to!

 

Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District Internship Program

The Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District is looking for a summer intern to help out on a variety of projects.  The position will provide experience in watershed assessment methods, riparian forest monitoring and maintenance methods, and other OCSWCD projects as assigned.  If interested, please contact Jordan Clements at 547-8337 extension 4.

 

Brookwood Point Grand Reopening

Otsego Land Trust invites the community for a day of family fun to celebrate Brookwood Point conservation area on Otsego Lake. The day is packed full of unique programs and activities to kick off the grand re-opening of the property for the summer season. Property and garden tours, kids activities, music and lawn games will be available throughout the day, as well as wood-fired pizza available for purchase from Mangia Macrina’sCanoe and Kayak Rentals and Sales kick off their season by providing canoe, kayak and stand up paddle board rentals and free demos. John Sullivan and Friends will provide lively folk music throughout the afternoon. See the Otsego Land Trust website for more information.

 

EPA Announces Grants to Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions and exposure, the agency encourages applications from fleets in areas designated as having poor air quality. Priority will be given to projects that engage local communities and applicants that demonstrate their ability to continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended. The application deadline is June 20, 2017. Visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants to learn more.

 

Applications Now Available for $255 million in Grants for Drinking Water and Wastewater Governor Cuomo announced that applications are now available for $155 million in funding for critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades. $115 million is available for drinking water projects and the other allocated for wastewater infrastructure projects and $30 million available for the new Intermunicipal Grant Program (IMG) program, which will provide grants for water quality infrastructure projects undertaken by cooperating municipalities. The EFC will host webinars to present the WIIA and IMG programs on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. and Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. Please visitwww.efc.ny.gov/NYSWaterGrants to learn more

 

Butternut Watershed Assessment Volunteers and Public Meetings

The Otesgo County Soil and Water Conservation District (OCSWCD) will be holding a training for volunteers interested in becoming part of the Butternut Creek watershed assessment.  The training is being held Sunday May 21 from 1-5pm at the Morris Volunteer Fire Department.  OCSWCD,OCCA, and Butternut Valley Alliance are hosting a public information meeting on Thursday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Butternut Valley Grange Hall, 7 Bloom Street, Gilbertsville to discuss the continuing project to study the Butternut Valley watershed.

 

Did You Know?

Most of Otsego County is in either Hardiness Zone 5a or 5b for growing plants?  Hardiness zones are a great tool to determine when is the best time to start your garden planting, how long your gardens will grow, and when you should turn over your garden in the fall.  The USDA offers a hardiness zone interactive map that you can put your zip code into to find you hardiness zone. Here in Otsego County, you can expect a growing season between mid-late April through September.   Of course, different plants will require different growing conditions, so just because mid-April is a beginning date for planting, that doesn’t mean that all your garden veggies can be planted at that time.  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Otsego and Schoharie Counties has a great site that will tell you when to get those prized tomatoes in the ground.  See http://cceschoharie-otsego.org/gardening/food-gardening/first-planting-dates for that information.  Happy gardening!

 

 

Leslie L. Orzetti, Ph.D., Executive Director
Otsego County Conservation Association, Inc.
7207 State Highway 80, PO Box 931
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-4488; (607) 282-4087
http://occainfo.org/

 

COOPERSTOWN—The public is invited to the dedication of the Carl B. Good Boat Wash Station on Fish Road in Lakefront Park in Cooperstown on Friday, May 12. The dedication will take place at 5 p.m. at the station. Speakers at this brief ceremony and plaque unveiling will include representatives from the Village of Cooperstown, the Otsego Lake Association, and Otsego County Conservation Association.

Good, who passed away in March of 2016, moved to Cooperstown in 2002 with his wife, Pam. He became immediately involved, giving countless hours to the Village he loved by attending public meetings, joining multiple organizations, and serving on many committees and boards.  Good was especially known for his devotion to Otsego Lake. A long-time board member of the Otsego Lake Association, Good was active on many of OLA’s committees over the years, and was especially concerned with the impact of aquatic invasive species, serving as volunteer supervisor for the boat inspection program at the Village boat launch for more than a decade. Good’s oversight and stewardship of Lake Otsego also included service on Village and regional lake committees. In recognition of Good’s many years of dedication to Otsego Lake and its water quality, the station will be named in his honor.

The boat wash station will help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive plants and animals into or out of Otsego Lake. It was completed in late summer of 2016, with funding and support from the Village of Cooperstown, the Otsego Lake Association, OCCA, and by a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grants Program through appropriations from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), will be named in honor of Carl for his years of dedication to Otsego Lake.

COOPERSTOWN—Farmers will have two opportunities to drop off their agricultural plastic for recycling under a special program offered by Otsego County Solid Waste Department, the Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District, Otsego County Conservation Association, and Casella Waste Solutions. Ag plastic will be collected Saturday, May 6, at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, and Thursday, May 11 at the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. both days. Acceptable material include bale wrap, silage bags, bunker cover, greenhouse covers, and wood pellet bags. Material must be sorted by type, and should be relatively clean and dry. The collection is free, but pre-registration is requested. For questions or to register, contact Jeff O’Handley at OCCA, (607)282-4087.