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OCCA has a long standing relationship with the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station (BFS) that started in the early 1970’s.  Since then this relationship has produced several important studies,  allowed for continuous monitoring of Otsego Lake and helped develop their water quality agendas.  The two entities worked hand in hand monitoring Otsego Lake and its tributaries until the mid-1990’s.  At this time the Oneonta Foundation was formed to give the BFS a formal entity through which to bring in research funding, and OCCA turned its attention to carrying out implementation projects to improve water quality based on data collected through previous studies.  Today, both OCCA and the BFS still tirelessly work to monitor Otsego Lake and surrounding water bodies, and ensure there is clean water for all Otsego County residents to enjoy.  OCCA still supports the BFS through internship funding and special projects aimed at maintaining a healthy watershed.  Below is a small example of some of the work funded through this relationship.

 “A Survey of Otsego Lake’s Zooplankton Community, Summer 2009″

“A Brief Overview of the Physical Limnology of Otsego Lake”

Walleye Stocking Program in Otsego Lake

Otsego Lake Monitoring Data (aided by OCCA interns during the summer season)

For more information and studies that OCCA has funded through the years, see the BFS Annual Reports