Engaging our Communities in Responsible Stewardship



Invasive Species Eradication

Our work to control invasive species throughout the county includes the removal of water chestnut and European frog-bit from local lakes and ponds as well as chopping up stands of Japanese knotweed, and more.

Clean Heating and Cooling

Heat Smart Otsego is a community-based clean heating and cooling initiative to help residents and businesses lower their energy bills, improve comfort, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Online Garage Sale

If you find yourself with good condition items that you no longer need, donate them to the OCCA online garage sale and help support our efforts to protect Otsego County’s environment! Items should have a minimum value of $10.


ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 14, No. 8 – Aug 1, 2020

Announcements This months Eco-Bulletin is jam packed full of great opportunities to join the OCCA Community out and about in a safe, social distance manner or from the comfort and safety of your own home with one of our many online learning sessions.  We hope you enjoy and looking forward

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 7 – July 1, 2020

Spotlight on Invasives: Not so Wild about Parsnip Wednesday, July 8, 12-1pm Wild parsnip has been taking over our roadsides and fields, where it crowds out native plants and poses a threat to our health and safety. Join OCCA Program Director, Jeff O’Handley, for this look at parsnip: where it comes from, why

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Together we can make a change.

As a part of the environmental community, OCCA and its staff express profound grief at the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. Systemic racism remains to be an ongoing blight in our country, and it is incumbent upon all of us to change this.

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 6 – June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020:  Vol. 14, No. 6 Water Chestnut Pull on Goodyear Lake: Facebook Live Sunday, June 7, around 10:30am. Join the OCCA team for a short trip on the Goodyear Lake “Stump Lot” in search of the invasive plant, water chestnut. In this short, live video we’ll show you

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The Power of Planning, During and after the Pandemic

Wednesday, May 20, 1-2pm   The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to fundamentally change how our communities are planned for the future. Communities will have to learn to adapt current planning practices such as holding public meetings, amending zoning codes, and developing comprehensive plans to post-pandemic standards. Join OCCA Environmental Planner,

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Upcoming Events

Sun 09

Paddle and Pull — Goodyear Lake

August 9 @ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Wed 12

Watershed Wednesdays

August 12 @ 9:30 am to 10:00 am
Wed 12

Knot Your Ordinary Weed

August 12 @ 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Sun 16

Paddle and Pull — Silver Lake

August 16 @ 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wed 19

Watershed Wednesdays

August 19 @ 9:30 am to 10:00 am
Wed 26

Watershed Wednesdays

August 26 @ 9:30 am to 10:00 am
Sep 27

Butternut Creek Fun Paddle

September 27 @ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Knot Your Ordinary Weed

Japanese knotweed is one of the most invasive plants in our area, capable of quickly taking over roadsides, streambanks, backyards—even piles of bare dirt. Learn about this plant’s natural history

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Paddle and Pull — Silver Lake

Join us in our continuing efforts to control Silver Lake’s invasive species. We’ll patrol Silver Lake’s 40 acres, pulling water chestnut and European frog-bit as we go. OCCA will provide

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How You Can Help Protect Our Local Environment

Donations provide the foundation for our work throughout Otsego County. By becoming a supporter of OCCA, you become a part of a unique countywide environmental organization whose mission is to protect local natural resources for the benefit of all. 


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