Our Environment. Our Home. OUR CHALLENGE.

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Goodyear Lake Paddle and Pull

Aug 4 – 1pm:  Portlandville Fishing Access Site

Help in the fight against invasive species and enjoy a pleasant day on the water! Join OCCA and the Goodyear Lake Association as we paddle around in the “Stump Lot,” the northernmost portion of Goodyear Lake in pursuit of water chestnut, an aquatic invasive plant. You may reserve a space in an OCCA canoe by using the registration form, or can bring your own canoe or kayak. Meet at 1pm at the New York State Fishing Access Site on State Route 28 in Portlandville (approximately .15 miles south of Route 35A). Wear clothes that can get wet/muddy, a hat, and bring sunscreen and water. Please pre-register @ https://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/

OCCA 50th Anniversary Garden Party – Get Your Tickets Now!

August 11 – 5 – 8pm:  Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, (corner of 80 and Allen Lake Road)

Come help OCCA celebrate 50 years of natural resource conservation with an exclusive garden party in the beautifully restored Spaulding Estate gardens at Mohican Farm.  We’ll have live music, great food, memories, and lots of friends on hand.  Tickets are $75. Please RSVP by August 4th at https://occainfo.networkforgood.com/events/6114-50th-anniversary-garden-party

Be Informed!  Lecture Series – Heat Smart Otsego

August 22 – 6:30pm: Clark Sports Center, 124 County Road 52, Cooperstown

Modern, updated technologies such as ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps, and pellet stoves and boilers can reduce heating and cooling costs, reduce emission of greenhouse gases, and can reduce the release of dangerous volatile organic compounds and particulate matter. This program will introduce you to the technologies available, the environmental and economic benefits of those technologies, and provide you with the roadmap for finding the right technology and incentive program for making your home more comfortable and efficient. Bennett Sandler, Campaign Director for Heat Smart Otsego, and a former founding partner of Equity Energy leads the program.  For more information contact Bennett Sandler at campaigndirector@occainfo.org.

Walk on the Flat Side

August 23 – 630pm: Robert V. Riddell State Park

Join OCCA Board member Patricia Riddell Kent and Steve Kent, who donated the land for the state park, on this early evening walk around the northern portion of Robert V. Riddell State Park. Visit historic structures, walk through fields, forests, and along Schenevus Creek, and learn about the interesting history of the land on this 1.5-mile, mostly flat walk. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Park’s main entrance on State Route 28, just north of I-88 Exit 17. Register @ https://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/



A Special Note from the President on the Oneonta Natural Gas Project

OCCA is aware of the recent proposal to expand natural gas infrastructure in Oneonta, and we are monitoring the project very closely.  We have been asked to serve on the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee where we have a seat at the table and a direct voice advocating for more sustainable solutions for Otsego County.  OCCA has always had a reputation for thorough research and discourse when it comes to issues that have an effect on our environment; to this end, our Board of Directors have been in discussions about this issue and will be preparing a statement of our stance once we have gathered all the facts and studied the impacts and alternatives thoroughly.  Know that OCCA takes pride in our commitment to carefully measure situations and make the best decision we can.  If you have questions or would like any information, please call or email us.  We will be happy to speak with you.

Thank you for your continuing support of OCCA.

Vicky Lentz

OCCA Board President

Come to the Butternut Valley Alliance Harvest Festival

August 16 – 3-6pm:  Guy Rathbun Park (behind Morris Firehouse)

The Butternut Valley Alliance is hosting a great local summer harvest festival. Join in the fun with live music, local craftsman and organization displays, farmers’ market, kids Zoomobile, and FREE FOOD!  This is a can’t miss local event.  Go and support our partner the Butternut Valley Alliance!

OCCA Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program Seeking Volunteers

We’re about to finish up our first year of monitoring, and we couldn’t be happier with our stream team and the results they have collected so far!  Not long ago we received a grant to help us expand our program, and we’re looking for more volunteers to help us monitor an additional 5-10 sites around Otsego County.  If you’re interested in getting your feet wet, learning about water quality and the health of one of our local streams, this program is for you.  The project is perfect for school groups, church groups, scouts, and just your average Joe looking to do something to get out into the environment.  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!

Susquehanna River Clean Up Seeking Volunteers

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, August 18 to help with a cleanup of the Susquehanna River in Cooperstown, between the Mill Street Bridge and the Main Street bridge. Volunteer tasks include using canoes to identify and mark large items for removal and helping pull items to shore (OCCA will provide canoes), working on shore to unload items from canoes and a barge, and loading items into a trailer. Two shifts available: 8-10am and 10am to noon. The cleanup is being organized by the Cooperstown Lions Club and partners OCCA, SUNY Biological Field Station Volunteer Dive Team, Otsego Sailing Club, the Village of Cooperstown, the Otsego County Department of Planning and Solid Waste, and River Street and Mill Street Neighbors. For more information or to volunteer, contact John Rowley at jd16rowley@aol.com.


Household Hazardous Waste Day Seeking Volunteers

Otsego County’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Day will be held on Friday, September 7, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Unadilla, and Saturday, September 8 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: Volunteers are needed on Saturday, September 8 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.

Did You Know?

Currently, 0.4% of global electricity generation comes from solar. If Photovoltaic generation grows to 10% of global electricity generation, it could save $81 billion when compared to fossil fuel plants. Additionally, this change could lead to a 36.9 gigaton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, and save $5 trillion in operational costs by 2050. Source: Project Drawdown.