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. 10 – October 1, 2020

ANNOUNCEMENTS Whats included in this months bulletin: Non-Invasive Species Spotlight HeatSmart Mohawk Valley Launches new website Food Waste Bins Planning for a Changing Climate webinar We’re Hiring: Part-time Assistant Planner Highway Cleanup Leatherstocking Golf Course Nature Walk Trees for Tributaries Civic Engagement as an environmental advocacy tool  Non-lead Ammunition Zoom

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Otsego County Assistant Planner Job Description

Overview: Founded in 1968, the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in the Town of Springfield, New York. OCCA is  dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through research, education, advocacy, planning and resource management and practice. OCCA  is seeking an

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OCCA receives major funding for free training and support for local teachers

The Otsego County Conservation Association announced that it has been awarded funding through NOAA’s Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program for the Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem project. This three-year partnership between the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education & Training Program and OCCA builds capacity for environmental literacy and stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay watershed by building support at the district and school level for the

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Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem

The Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem is a statewide, k-12 Environmental Literacy Initiative. Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program, CBHEE is designed to engage and educate teachers on how to develop, integrate and lead Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) in their

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How to Get Rid Of...

A tool to determine how to recycle or properly dispose of items in Otsego County.

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Recycling Lookup

A collapsible list if information by item.
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Upcoming Events

Wed 21

Planning for a Changing Climate

October 21 @ 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Sat 24

Highway Cleanup

October 24 @ 8:00 am to 11:00 am

HeatSmart Mohawk Valley

Special Kickoff Event

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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