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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 (holly.waterfield@oneonta.edu).

 

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!

 

Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

BOAT PARADES!
NY INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK, JULY 10-16
PADDLE AND PULL IN GOODYEAR LAKE
DIGGING KNOTWEED
CANADARAGO LAKE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION SUMMER PICNIC

BOAT PARADES! This weekend features not one but two boat parades! Canadarago Lake Improvement Association’s parade gets under way at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 2. Meet at the NY State boat launch on Dennison Road. The parade is followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Otsego Lake Association’s boat parade is on Sunday, July 3 at 3 p.m. Meet off Three-Mile Point and proceed to Lakefront Park in Cooperstown. If participating in both parades, be sure to clean, drain, and dry your boat when leaving the water! Visit https://www.facebook.com/canadaragolake or http://www.otsegolakeassociation.org for details.

NY INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK, JULY 10-16: New York State’s 3rd Annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) kicks off July 10. 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! Visit http://www.nyis.info/blog/events/ for a calendar of invasive species-related events and activities taking place throughout the state. Speaking of which…

PADDLE AND PULL IN GOODYEAR LAKE: Kick off Invasive Species Awareness Week with a two-hour tour of the Stump Lot–the northernmost portion of Goodyear Lake–and learn about some of the species that threaten aquatic ecosystems. Should we find any, we’ll pull water chestnut plants along the way. Bring your own canoe/kayak, or reserve space in an OCCA canoe. Due to space limitations, pre-registration is required. Meet at the New York State Fishing Access Site on State Highway 28 in Portlandville. Sunday, July 10, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

DIGGING KNOTWEED: Japanese knotweed is one of our most obnoxious plants. Learn to recognize knotweed and help us as we try to get a patch of it under control at Mohican Farm. Bring hand pruners and other hand tools useful for grubbing persistent roots out of the soil. Program is free, but pre-registration is required. Contact OCCA for details or to register.

CLIA SUMMER PICNIC: Canadarago Lake Improvement Association’s summer picnic is on July 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Baker’s Beach in the Town of Richfield. The event will also feature the dedication of the Wayne King Pavilion at noon. OCCA, Otsego Land Trust, and other organizations will be on hand to share information about programs and offerings. Come out and see us!

OCCA wishes you a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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!

COOPERSTOWN–Otsego County Conservation Association will be observing New York State’s Third Annual Invasive Species Awareness Week with two activities during the week of July 10.

The mission of New York State’s 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 stop the invasion.

On Sunday, July 10, OCCA hosts “Paddle and Pull” at Goodyear Lake. Participants will canoe around the upper portion of Goodyear Lake—known as the Stump Lot—in search of water chestnuts and other invasive species, and will hand-pull any water chestnuts found.

“Water chestnut is disruptive to aquatic ecosystems,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s interim executive director and the program leader. “The nuts are also extremely painful if stepped on.”

OCCA has been working with volunteers from the Goodyear Lake Association and the community at large for more than ten years in an effort to eradicate water chestnuts from the lake without using herbicides, O’Handley said.

Participants will meet at 3 p.m. at the New York State Fishing Access Site on State Route 28 in Portlandville. Participation is free, but pre-registration is required to reserve space in one of OCCA’s canoes.

For landlubbers, OCCA is “Digging Knotweed” at Mohican Farm in Springfield on July 13 at 5 p.m. in an attempt to get an infestation under control.

“Japanese knotweed is an extremely aggressive plant that is turning up all over the county,” O’Handley said.

The plant, whose stem resembles bamboo, grows in dense clumps that kill off underlying vegetation and can cause soil erosion.

“Japanese knotweed is so difficult to control because it can spread from very small fragments,” O’Handley said. “We’ll be cutting and bagging the plants and very carefully digging up the roots.”

Participants will meet at OCCA’s office, located at 7207 State Highway 80 at 5 p.m. and will walk across the street to the project site.

“Bring pruners, a mattock, or gardening trowel and be prepared to get dirty,” O’Handley said.

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.

To participate in either program, contact O’Handley at (607) 547-4488, or register online at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/

These programs are the latest in OCCA’s invasive species education and control efforts, which have included water chestnut pulling, funding for boat inspectors, zebra mussel research, and last year’s “Clean, Drain, and Dry” public education campaign. Recently, OCCA, working with multiple partners in Otsego County, received a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grant, which provides funds for boat inspections at three boat launches in the region, as well as the establishment of two boat decontamination stations in the county.

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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Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

HIGHWAY CLEANUP, JUNE 18
LUMBERJACKS IN ONEONTA!
DELAWARE-OTSEGO AUDUBON SOCIETY RELEASES VIDEO ON LEAD POISONING
SUMMER SOLSTICE WALK
WATCH FOR TURTLES!
LAST WEEKEND FOR COOPER TRIBUTE
INCREDIBLE INSECTS WORKSHOP
COMPOST WORKSHOP AND TOUR
OTSEGO LAKE ASSOCIATION BOAT PARADE
TAKE THE PLEDGE TO CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY!

 

HIGHWAY CLEANUP, JUNE 18: Help OCCA keep Otsego Lake and our roadways clean on Saturday, June 18. Meet at Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown at 9 a.m. We’ll provide bags, safety equipment and water. Approximately two hours. Contact Jeff O’Handley at 547-4488 for information, or sign up to help at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.

LUMBERJACKS IN ONEONTA! Stihl Timbersports presents the Oneonta Lumberjack Legacy Competition at Damaschke Field in Oneonta this weekend. Competitors from around the world will be chopping and sawing on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19. Visithttp://www.stihlusa.com/stihl-timbersports/schedules/pro-northeast-qualifier/ for more information.

SUMMER SOLSTICE WALK: Biologist and OCCA board member Dr. Donna Vogler leads a hike through Fortin Park, a 95-acre gem tucked away in the east end of the Town of Oneonta. This easy stroll will take in wetlands, woods, fields and more. Meet 5 p.m. at Fortin Park, at the end of Youngs Road in the Town of Oneonta. Free, but pre-registration requested: http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.

DELAWARE-OTSEGO AUDUBON SOCIETY RELEASES VIDEO ON LEAD POISONING: Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society and the American Eagle Foundation have teamed up to create a video on the dangers lead bullets pose to eagles in New York and elsewhere. The 13-minute video, “Lead Ammunition: A Needless Danger to Eagles and Ourselves” features interviews with hunters and their families, as well as with wildlife biologists and rehabilitators, and encourages hunters to switch to non-lead ammunition. The video, part of a wider educational effort on the part of DOAS, can be viewed at http://doas.us/lead-ammunition-a-needless-danger-to-eagles-and-ourselves-video/.

WATCH FOR TURTLES! Late spring/early summer is the time when turtles are on the move, searching for suitable places to lay their eggs. Please keep an eye out and do your best to avoid them.

LAST WEEKEND FOR COOPER TRIBUTE: Henry S.F. Cooper, Jr. was a great friend to Otsego County’s natural environment. “Almost Lost Landscapes” is an exhibit that features landscapes Henry helped save. Sponsored by Otsego 2000, the exhibit is at The Smithy, 55 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown, through Sunday, June 19. Visit www.smithyarts.org for hours and information.

INCREDIBLE INSECTS WORKSHOP: SUNY Cobleskill professor Dr. Carmen Greenwood leads this workshop to identify the insects that live at Parslow Road on Saturday, June 25 at 1 p.m. Contact Sara Scheeren, Otsego Land Trust, for details: sara@otsegolandtrust.org.

COMPOST WORKSHOP AND TOUR: Cornell Waste Management Institute is sponsoring a two-day workshop and tour. On June 27, a series of workshops and panel discussions focus on the basics of composting and how to set up community composting operations. On June 28, take a tour of four different composting operations to see how it’s done. You may register for either or both days. Contact Lauri Wellin, Cornell Waste Management Institute for details, (607) 255-1187.

OTSEGO LAKE ASSOCIATION BOAT PARADE: On July 3, Otsego Lake Association will hold their third annual “We Love Our Lake” boat parade. Meet in the waters off Three Mile Point and boat on down to Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. Visit www.otsegolakeassociation.org for details.

TAKE THE PLEDGE TO CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY! The most effective way to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) is to practice “clean, drain and dry” techniques. Visit our website (http://occainfo.org/ais-campaign/) for more information, and take our online pledge to Clean, Drain and Dry!

ONEONTA—Biologist and Otsego County Conservation Association Board member, Dr. Donna Vogler leads a walk at the Town of Oneonta’s Fortin Park on Monday, June 20 at 5 p.m.

“Donna brings a wealth of knowledge and great enthusiasm to her walks,” said OCCA Interim Executive Director Jeff O’Handley.

The walk begins at the main parking area at Fortin Park, located at the end of Youngs Road off of County Road 47 in the Town of Oneonta. Highlights of the walk will include views of the Susquehanna River and Charlotte Creek, woods, fields, and a small but diverse wetland.

The event is free, but pre-registration is requested. Visit http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/ to sign up or contact OCCA at (607) 547-4488.

COOPERSTOWN—Otsego County Conservation Association will be holding a highway cleanup along State Route 80 on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The cleanup is part of New York State’s Adopt-A-Highway program. OCCA adopted this portion of the road in 2013. Volunteers will meet at OCCA’s office at Mohican Farm, at the corner of Route 80 and Allen Lake Road, and will collect trash along a two-mile stretch of the road.

Bags, water, and safety equipment are provided. Participants should wear long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring sunscreen.

If interested in participating, contact Jeff O’Handley at (607) 547-4488, or at programdirector@occainfo.org.

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

For Immediate Release: May 24, 2016

COOPERSTOWN–The Otsego Lakes Festival returns to Lakefront Park with new activities, old favorites, and a new partner.

The 8th Otsego Lakes Festival will be held in Lakefront Park in Cooperstown on Saturday, June 11, from noon to 5 p.m. This year, the event is being coordinated with the Clark Sports Center’s 3rd Annual “Race the Lake” marathon and half-marathon around Otsego Lake. A trolley will provide transportation between Clark Sports Center and Lakefront Park from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New activities this year include free paddleboard demonstrations and lessons by Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales, who will also have canoes, kayaks and paddleboards available to rent. The Otsego Lake Association is running a children’s scavenger hunt throughout the day, and will also offer a tour of the lake buffer strip. Also planned is a demonstration of Cooperstown’s new boat decontamination station.

Returning to Otsego Lakes Festival are the lake ecology barge tours and the “touch tanks” featuring live fish, plants and aquatic invertebrates found in Otsego Lake, offered by SUNY-Oneonta Biological Field Station. The Cooperstown Art Association will be providing art activities such as fish printing for kids and adults. Musical entertainment will be provided by Flux Capacitor at noon and Fritz Henry at 3 p.m.

Organized under the umbrella of the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, the Otsego Lakes Festival offers all the components of a festive occasion – music, art, children’s activities, good food and camaraderie – while providing valuable educational opportunities about lake protection and regional water quality programs from those who work to protect these resources. WQCC member organizations will be on hand both to distribute literature and to discuss water quality issues one-on-one with interested parties. Admission is free.

Exhibitors, vendors, and sponsors are still needed. Confirmed exhibitors and vendors at the Otsego Lakes Festival thus far include Canadarago Lake Improvement Association, Cooperstown Art Association, Friends of Glimmerglass State Park, Inc., Mel’s at 22, Otsego County Conservation Association, Otsego Soil and Water Conservation District, Otsego Lake Association, Otsego Land Trust, Pig Dog Food Truck, and SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station.

OLF sponsors are Five Star Subaru, Otsego County Conservation Association, Otsego Land Trust, Otsego 2000, SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station, and Clark Sports Center. Donors include: Ashley-Connor Realty, Community Bank, NA, Cooperstown Natural Foods, Hubbell’s Real Estate, Rich McCaffery, Lake Front Motel/Glimmerglass Queen/Lakefront Restaurant, Smith Cooperstown, Inc., Stagecoach Coffee, Stewart’s Holiday Match.

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 a biennial event designed to educate the public on the importance of water resource protection.

For more about the Otsego Lakes Festival, or for further details on sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, contact Interim Executive Director Jeff O’Handley, Otsego County Conservation Association, 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.

 FROM OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

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Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

LAKES FESTIVAL EXHIBITORS, VENDORS SOUGHT
BASKETS FROM PLASTIC WORKSHOP
EAB AWARENESS WEEK
BLUE TRAIL AT BASSWOOD
BEAVER POND SENSORY TRAIL DEDICATION
CCE PLANT SALE

EXHIBITORS, VENDORS, SPONSORS SOUGHT FOR 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 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 will include a fish printing and art station, interactive science displays with SUNY Oneonta’s Biological Field Station, and free paddleboard demonstrations by Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales. Food and drink will be for sale on site, served up by Pig Dog Food Truck and Mel’s at 22. 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. Additional support for the Lakes Festival is provided by Five Star Subaru.

WORKSHOP TEACHES BASKET MAKING FROM PLASTIC BAGS: Learn how to make sturdy, attractive baskets from used plastic feedbags with Martha Clarvoe on Thursday, June 2 from 7-9pm in the art room at First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut Street, Oneonta. All materials will be provided free of charge, and participants can take their baskets home. The workshop is sponsored by the Otsego County Conservation Association Recycling Committee and the FUMC United Methodist Women Green Team. For information or to register for this free workshop, contact Martha Clarvoe at 607-293-6654, or via e-mail at martha.clarvoe@gmail.com.

EAB AWARENESS WEEK: May 22-28 is the Sixth Annual Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a highly-destructive insect pest that has killed over fifty million ash trees in the U.S. since its discovery in 2002. For information on the EAB and what you can do to prevent the spread of this pest, visit DEC’s Emerald Ash Borer page at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7253.html.

BLUE TRAIL AT BASSWOOD: Celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® on a guided tour along the Blue Trail at Basswood Pond State Forest with OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley onSaturday, June 4 at 9 a.m. Follow the two-mile loop through a variety of forest habitats. Meet at the main parking area, 500 Conservation Road, Burlington. The walk is free, but pre-registration is preferred. Visithttp://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects. National Trails Day® is a registered trademark of American Hiking Society.

BEAVER POND SENSORY TRAIL DEDICATION: Celebrate the groundbreaking of a new, multi-sensory, accessible trail in Glimmerglass State Park on June 4 at noon. The day features an unveiling of the new kiosk and bench, an overview of the trail, a demonstration of an Audio Tour Eco-box which was donated by the Cooperstown Lions Club. The day will also feature tours and lunch provided by The Friends of Glimmerglass State Park for those who pre-register. Visit http://www.friendsofglimmerglass.com/apps/calendar/showEvent?calID=3374487&eventID=262696139&next=showMonth%3fcalID%3d3374487%26year%3d2016%26month%3d5 for details or to pre-register.

CCE PLANT SALE: The Master Gardener Volunteers of Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties will be holding their annual spring plant sale on Saturday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Education Center, 123 Lake Street in Cooperstown. A wide variety of perennials, annuals, vegetables, and herbs will be available for purchase. Contact the Master Gardener Volunteers at 547-2536 Ext. 28 for details, or visit http://cceschoharie-otsego.org/events/2014/05/31/master-gardener-spring-plant-sale for details.