ECO-BULLETIN FROM OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
August 2, 206: Vol. 9, No. 16
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Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:
WATER CHESTNUT PULLING, AUGUST 4 AND 14
SIGN UP FOR POOL WATCH TO DETECT ASIAN LONGHORNED BEETLE
HIGHWAY CLEANUP ON ROUTE 80, AUGUST 20
HIKE AT RIDDELL STATE PARK, AUGUST 24
WQCC TALK TO FOCUS ON HARMFUL ALGAE BLOOMS, AUGUST 27
SAVE THE DATE: HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY
WATER CHESTNUT PULLING, AUGUST 4 AND 14: There are two more opportunities to help remove invasive water chestnut plants from the upper reaches of Goodyear Lake: Thursday, August 4, at 9 a.m., and Sunday, August 14, at 1 p.m. Meet at the New York State Fishing Access Site on State Route 28 in Portlandville. Bring your own canoe, or contact us to reserve space in an OCCA canoe. Bring water, sunscreen, and prepare to get wet and dirty. Note: The August 4 pull runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., though you can sign up for half a day. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Visit http://occainfo.org/calendar/ for information and registration.
SIGN UP FOR POOL WATCH TO DETECT ASIAN LONGHORNED BEETLE: If you own a swimming pool, consider signing up for the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Asian Longhorned Beetle Swimming Pool Survey. Volunteers are asked to check their pool filters now through August 30 to watch for Asian longhorned beetles, a serious forest pest. The beetle has not yet been detected in upstate New York. Visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7255.html for more information.
HIGHWAY CLEANUP ON ROUTE 80, AUGUST 20: Roadside trash is unsightly and potentially dangerous to our environment. Help clean up a portion of State Route 80 as part of New York State’s Adopt-A-Highway program. Meet at Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, at 9 a.m. Safety vests and helmets, bags, and rubber gloves provided. Visithttp://occainfo.org/calendar/ to sign up.
HIKE AT RIDDELL STATE PARK, AUGUST 24: Join Trish Riddell Kent and Steve Kent for an easy-going, later afternoon hike in the “field and creek” portion of Robert V. Riddell State Park in Oneonta. The Kents, who donated the land for the state park, will share their wonderful stories of the land, and the people who lived there. Meet at the Park’s main entrance on State Route 28, just north of I-88 Exit 17 at 5 p.m. Visit http://occainfo.org/calendar/ to register. Free.
WQCC TALK TO FOCUS ON HARMFUL AGLAE BLOOMS: Rebecca Gorney, New York State Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) Coordinator, will provide a talk on HABs at the August meeting of the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee. Gorney’s talk will include background information on HABs, how to recognize them, and discussion of how to manage HABs. This meeting is free and open to the public. Wednesday, August 31 from 1-2 p.m. at the Meadows Office Complex, 140 County Highway 33W, Cooperstown. Contact WQCC Facilitator Holly Waterfield for more information (email@example.com).
SAVE THE DATE: HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY: The Otsego County Solid Waste Department will be holding its annual Household Hazardous Waste Day on Friday, September 9 from 8:00-11:00 a.m. in Unadilla, and on Saturday, September 10 from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Cooperstown. Household items that can be dropped off include oil and latex paints, solvents, pesticides, cleaning chemicals, auto batteries, fluorescent bulbs, and more. For a comprehensive list, visithttp://www.otsegocounty.com/depts/sw/documents/PaperAdvertisement2016.pdf or call the Otsego County Planning and Solid Waste Department at (607) 547-4225.
OCCA RELIES ON your SUPPORT. Got a minute? Visit our website and look at everything OCCA is doing – and please consider an online donation whenever you can. Click on www.occainfo.org and look for the Network for Good logo on the home page to make a donation today.
TAKE THE PLEDGE TO CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY, AT http://occainfo.org/take-the-pledge-ais-campaign/. Signatures equal leverage for grants, funding support and legislation!