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WQCClogoCOOPERSTOWN – The 8th Otsego Lakes Festival will be held on Saturday, June 11 from noon to 5 p.m. at Lakefront Park in Cooperstown. Organized under the aegis of the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, the Lakes Festival offers residents and visitors alike a day full of fun and festivities celebrating all of Otsego County’s lakes – educational exhibits, children’s activities, hands-on workshops, and lake tours will focus on the importance of protecting this county’s waterways and ensuring water quality throughout the region. Good food, music, and art will also help celebrate the importance of Otsego County’s lakes and other water bodies. Activities for kids will include the Cooperstown Art Association’s fish painting station, interactive science displays with SUNY Oneonta’s Biological Field Station, and a lake art station and “juried” art contest. Food and drink will be for sale on site, served up by Pig Dog Food Truck, among others.

To learn more about being a sponsor of the Otsego Lakes Festival, see http://occainfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-Lakes-Festival-Fund-Letter-and-Donor-Card.pdf. Click here for the exhibitor/vendor form: http://occainfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-ExhibitorVendor-Information-Form.pdf.

The Otsego Lakes Festival is made possible thanks to the OCWQCC, established in 1992 as a sub-committee of the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District. The WQCC 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.

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OTSEGO COUNTY – Farmers wishing to drop off used agricultural plastic for free recycling will have two opportunities to do so this spring. Collection dates are scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, and Thursday, May 12 at the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown. Collections on both days run from 8-11 a.m. The program is free, but pre-registration is required. Used film plastic such as bale wrap, silage bags, bunker silo cover and greenhouse covers will be accepted, as will empty wood pellet bags. All plastic must be dry, free of excessive dirt, grit or mud, and needs to be sorted according to type. For information on how to participate, contact OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley at (607) 282-4087.

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The Otsego County Conservation Association will hold its annual “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Garage Sale on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday May 1 in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market building at 101 Main Street (in Pioneer Alley), Cooperstown. The official collection dates for the OCCA garage sale will be April 25-28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All donations are tax deductible: OCCA will provide a donation voucher upon request. Those with questions, or who would like more information about volunteering to assist with the event, should call OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs at (607) 547-4488 or e-mailadmin@occainfo.org for further details. Sale hours are Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unsold items will be available for free on Sunday, May 1 from 3-5 p.m. and on Monday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. OCCA is also inviting donations of home-baked pies to be sold at this year’s event. Those wishing to drop off pies may do so at the market space on Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to raising funds for OCCA’s countywide environmental programs and initiatives, the garage sale also benefits the environment through waste prevention, or “source reduction.” Source reduction, including reuse, can help reduce waste disposal and handling costs, because it avoids the costs of recycling, municipal composting, land filling, and combustion. Source reduction also conserves resources and reduces pollution, including greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

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Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

DONATIONS, VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR OCCA GARAGE SALE NEXT WEEK
ITEMS FOUND AT EARTH FESTIVAL
DEC DENIES CONTITUTION PIPELINE WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION
TEXTILE RECYCLING UPDATE FROM RE-CLOTHE NY
FREE RECYCLING FOR WOOD PELLET BAGS, FARM PLASTICS
OCCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO ASSUME NEW ROLE
SAVE THE DATE – OTSEGO LAKES FESTIVAL

DATES TO REMEMBER

DONATIONS, VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR OCCA GARAGE SALE NEXT WEEK: The Otsego County Conservation Association will hold its annual “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Garage Sale on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday May 1 in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market building at 101 Main Street (in Pioneer Alley), Cooperstown. The official collection dates for the OCCA garage sale will be April 25-28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All donations are tax deductible: OCCA will provide a donation voucher upon request. Those with questions, or who would like more information about volunteering to assist with the event, should call OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs at (607) 547-4488 or e-mail admin@occainfo.org for further details. Sale hours are Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 1from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unsold items will be available for free on Sunday, May 1 from 3-5 p.m. and on Monday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. OCCA is also inviting donations of home-baked pies to be sold at this year’s event. Those wishing to drop off pies may do so at the market space on Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to raising funds for OCCA’s countywide environmental programs and initiatives, the garage sale also benefits the environment through waste prevention, or “source reduction.” Source reduction, including reuse, can help reduce waste disposal and handling costs, because it avoids the costs of recycling, municipal composting, land filling, and combustion. Source reduction also conserves resources and reduces pollution, including greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

ITEMS FOUND AT EARH FESTIVAL: Two colorful tins containing items purchased from Gilson’s Native American Crafts were found at Earth Festival. If they belong to you or someone you know, please contact OCCA to identify and claim them. Call 607-547-4488 or e-mail admin@occainfo.org.

DEC DENIES CONTITUTION PIPELINE WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION: On Friday afternoon, April 22, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the denial of the Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Constitution Pipeline. Although DEC has granted certificates for other projects, the application by Constitution for these certificates fails to meet New York State’s water quality standards. According to DEC, state officials conducted a rigorous review of Constitution’s application, all supporting materials, and more than 15,000 public comments on the project before reaching this decision. For details, see https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/144fb0f.

CLIMATE, CLEAN ENERGY POWERPOINT AVAILABLE ONLINE: Robyn Reynolds, a sustainability planner with Climate Action Associates, gave a presentation at Earth Festival on April 9 titled “Climate and Energy Action in New York State.” The PowerPoint from that presentation can be viewed online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbd7tBWZJWk. According to Reynolds, communities across New York State are realizing the opportunities associated with adopting sustainable practices and exploring clean energy options. The host of benefits associated with climate and energy planning range from enhancing ecological quality, reducing energy costs, and increasing local economic growth to being less vulnerable in the case of extreme weather event.

TEXTILE RECYCLING UPDATE FROM RE-CLOTHE NY: In response to a number of recent inquiries about textile recycling, OCCA Executive Director Darla Youngs reached out to representatives of Re-Clothe NY for direction. According to Re-Clothe NY, if you are donating materials directly to a thrift store type location, you should follow the guidance of that organization’s requirements/directions. If you are utilizing donation bins or sheds, you can follow this general guideline as to what is accepted: “Clothing, shoes, and other textiles in any condition; must be dry and odorless.” More specifically, items cannot be damp, wet or excessively smelly and can have permanent stains but should not be dirty or contaminated with oil, paint, etc. Dan Lilkas-Rain, chair of the Re-Clothe NY campaign, explained to us that the vast majority of the clothing and other textiles donated ends up following the path of sorting, processing, and recycling shown in the following infographic: http://www.nysar3.org/uploads/textile_recovery_working_group/1414620389_CTR%20lifecycle%20of%20secondhand%20clothing.png. He added that fabric pieces and scraps are fine, as long as they’re at least a few square inches in size. Tiny scraps are too small to deal with, though cotton cloth can be composted. Loose stuffing is not accepted, but items with stuffing inside are (e.g. stuffed animals or pillows).

FREE RECYCLING FOR WOOD PELLET BAGS, FARM PLASTICS: Farmers wishing to drop off used agricultural plastic for free recycling will have two opportunities to do so this spring. Collection dates are scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, and Thursday, May 12 at the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown. Collections on both days run from 8-11 a.m. The program is free, but pre-registration is required. Used film plastic such as bale wrap, silage bags, bunker silo cover and greenhouse covers will be accepted, as will empty wood pellet bags. All plastic must be dry, free of excessive dirt, grit or mud, and needs to be sorted according to type. For information on how to participate, contact OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley at (607) 282-4087.

OCCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO ASSUME NEW ROLE: Next month, Darla Youngs will step down from her position with the Otsego County Conservation Association as executive director to join the staff of the Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board’s nonprofit arm – Tier Information and Enterprise Resources – as that organization’s operations and communications director. TIER, established in 1985 as a 501(c)6, provides services to regional planning and economic development agencies in the eight counties of Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Tioga and Tompkins. Youngs will be based in STE’s Oneonta office. To learn more, see http://occainfo.org/occa-executive-director-assume-new-role-sterpdb/.

SAVE THE DATE – OTSEGO LAKES FESTIVAL: The 8th Otsego Lakes Festival will be held on Saturday, June 11 from noon to 5 p.m. at Lakefront Park in Cooperstown. Organized under the aegis of the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, the Lakes Festival offers residents and visitors alike a day full of fun and festivities celebrating Otsego County’s lakes – educational exhibits, children’s activities, hands-on workshops, and lake tours will all focus on the importance of protecting this county’s waterways and ensuring water quality throughout the region. Good food, music and art will also help celebrate the importance of Otsego County’s lakes. Stay tuned for full details.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • April 30 and May 1, OCCA “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Garage Sale
  • May 7, Ag Plastics Collection, Southern transfer station
  • May 12, Ag Plastics Collection, Northern transfer station
  • May 14, hike, “Morning Birding at Mohican,” led by Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Co-president Becky Gretton. 7 a.m., Mohican Farm, Springfield.
  • May 21, Spring Fling Railroad Avenue Street Fair, presented by the Rotary Club of Cooperstown.

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.

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OTSEGO COUNTY – Farmers wishing to drop off used agricultural plastic for free recycling will have two opportunities to do so this spring. Collection dates are scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, and Thursday, May 12 at the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown. Collections on both days run from 8-11 a.m. The program is free, but pre-registration is required. Used film plastic such as bale wrap, silage bags, bunker silo cover and greenhouse covers will be accepted, as will empty wood pellet bags. All plastic must be dry, free of excessive dirt, grit or mud, and needs to be sorted according to type. For information on how to participate, contact OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley at (607) 282-4087.

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SPRINGFIELD: Next month, Darla Youngs will step down from her position with the Otsego County Conservation Association as executive director to join the staff of the Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board’s nonprofit arm – Tier Information and Enterprise Resources – as that organization’s operations and communications director. TIER, established in 1985 as a 501(c)6, provides services to regional planning and economic development agencies in the eight counties of Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Tioga and Tompkins.

Originally brought on as administrative director in 2008 and serving as executive director from September 2011 to present, Youngs has shepherded OCCA through major initiatives including “What’s In Our Water?” – a groundwater testing program resulting in a legally defensible baseline of Otsego County’s water chemistry by which contamination can be detected – and review of the proposed Edic to Fraser transmission line which led to the withdrawal of that project from further consideration by the New York State Public Service Commission.

OCCA is an environmental resource to the public, government agencies, and non-profits. Under Youngs, OCCA’s programs have grown in both scope and reach. She has led a number of successful electronic fundraising campaigns, expanded contract work through the Circuit Rider Planner Program, and spearheaded public education programs including last year’s “Clean, Drain and Dry or Kiss the Fish Goodbye!” campaign. Water quality, land-use management and planning, recycling and solid waste management, and natural resource appreciation have been, and will continue to be, the organization’s areas of focus.

“OCCA has further solidified its role as a vital environmental service organization over the past five years. As executive director, I inherited a number of wonderful programs which have since been enhanced and expanded as new programs were added. It has been both an honor and a privilege to work for OCCA on behalf of Otsego County residents to safeguard our natural resources and to promote their sustainable use,” said Youngs, who is a resident of Hartwick.

“I know that I, and the entire Board, will miss Darla’s dedication to OCCA. She has been instrumental in the success of the organization since she became the executive director,” said Vicky Lentz, OCCA Board president.

In her new role with TIER, Youngs will be the agency’s primary staff, working with the planning board in leveraging existing resources to expand economic development opportunities in the eight-county service region. TIER monitors regional economic development trends and assists in making local connections toward transformative change. Presently the organization is working hand in hand with STERPDB on: energy conservation initiatives through NYSERDA’s community partnership program; U.S. Economic Development Administration Revolving Loan Fund utilization; and assisting the Southern Tier in ensuring Appalachian Regional Commission programs achieve widespread outreach and publicity.

“Moving to this new position with Southern Tier East to head its nonprofit service branch is a great opportunity,” said Youngs. “The organization boasts some of the area’s most experienced planning and economic development staff, and the Southern Tier counties – from Tompkins to Schoharie – are among New York State’s finest areas in which to live, work, and do business. I look forward to working through TIER to help leverage and develop the region’s existing natural, economic and social resources while moving forward sustainably.”

In the meantime, Lentz said OCCA’s succession transition has been well planned out and the organization is in more than capable hands.

Jeff O’Handley, OCCA program director since July 2013, will preside as acting executive director effective May 16, with the summer’s service projects and program schedule already mapped out. Environmental Planner Danny Lapin will continue with updates to the Otsego County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan and other planning-related work as OCCA begins its search for an executive director.

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, visitwww.occainfo.org

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!

COOPERSTOWN – The Otsego County Conservation Association will hold its annual “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Garage Sale onSaturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market building at 101 Main Street (in Pioneer Alley), Cooperstown.

The official collection dates for the OCCA garage sale will be April 25-28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All donations are tax deductible: OCCA will provide a donation voucher upon request. Those interested in dropping off materials sooner, or who would like more information about volunteering to assist with the event, should call OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs at (607) 547-4488 or e-mail admin@occainfo.org for further details.

Sale hours are Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. OCCA is also inviting donations of home-baked pies to be sold at this year’s event. Those wishing to drop off pies may do so at the market space on Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to raising funds for OCCA’s countywide environmental programs and initiatives, the garage sale also benefits the environment through waste prevention, or “source reduction.” Source reduction, including reuse, can help reduce waste disposal and handling costs, because it avoids the costs of recycling, municipal composting, land filling, and combustion. Source reduction also conserves resources and reduces pollution, including greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

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!

 

SPRINGFIELD – Becky Gretton, co-president of Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, will lead a hike around the Mohican Farm property in Springfield on Saturday, May 14 at 7 a.m. The program is part of Otsego County Conservation Association’s 2016 Nature Walk Series.

“Mohican Farm has a nice variety of birds,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA program director.

The 135-acre property, owned and managed by the Clark Foundation, includes cultivated fields, woods, wetlands, gardens, and shoreline.

“Becky is a skilled birder and an excellent trip leader,” O’Handley added. “We’re looking forward to an exciting morning.”

Participants should bring their own binoculars and field guide. The program is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, visit http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form or call OCCA at (607) 547-4488.

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, visitwww.occainfo.org

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!

The Otsego County Conservation Association will hold its annual “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Garage Sale on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday May 1 in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market building at 101 Main Street (in Pioneer Alley), Cooperstown. The official collection dates for the OCCA garage sale will be April 25-28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All donations are tax deductible: OCCA will provide a donation voucher upon request. Those interested in dropping off materials sooner, or who would like more information about volunteering to assist with the event, should call OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs at (607) 547-4488 or e-mailadmin@occainfo.org for further details. Sale hours are Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. OCCA is also inviting donations of home-baked pies to be sold at this year’s event. Those wishing to drop off pies may do so at the market space on Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to raising funds for OCCA’s countywide environmental programs and initiatives, the garage sale also benefits the environment through waste prevention, or “source reduction.” Source reduction, including reuse, can help reduce waste disposal and handling costs, because it avoids the costs of recycling, municipal composting, land filling, and combustion. Source reduction also conserves resources and reduces pollution, including greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

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!

SPRINGFIELD – Otsego County Conservation Association is seeking volunteers to help clean up a portion of State Route 80 beginning at 8 a.m. onFriday, April 22, which is also Earth Day.

“It’s appropriate that we’re holding our first highway cleanup of the year on Earth Day,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director. “Litter is a major source of environmental pollution.”

OCCA adopted the two-mile stretch of State Route 80 in the towns of Springfield and Otsego in 2013 as part of New York State’s Adopt-A-Highway Program. Volunteers will meet at OCCA’s office at Mohican Farm, on the corner of Route 80 and Allen Lake Road, to collect trash along the roadside. All in all, it should take about three hours, O’Handley said.

“If we have at least four volunteers, it goes faster,” he added.

Trash bags and safety equipment are provided by the New York State Department of Transportation, which administers the statewide program. OCCA will provide water and light refreshments. Participants should wear long pants and sleeves.

“Adopt-A-Highway is an important part of OCCA’s mission to protect, preserve and enhance our environment,” O’Handley said. “It’s a hands-on way to beautify and care for the world around us, and the results are immediately visible.”

To register, call O’Handley at (607) 282-4087 or e-mail programdirector@occainfo.org. The event is open to those ages 12 and up.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a 501(c)3 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 the last 48 years, OCCA has played a key role in initiating and carrying out programs designed to improve and/or protect Otsego County’s water, land, and air, representing more than 800+ members and volunteers. Visit http://occainfo.org/ for more information.

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