ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 12 – October 1, 2021

2021 Upper Susquehanna Coalition: Watershed Wednesdays
August 4 – October 27 

October 6, 13, 20, 27

Continue checking in to Watershed Wednesdays! 
A coordinated effort of the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, OCCA, and Choose Clean Water Coalition. These mini-sessions are each Wednesday of the month, beginning at 9:00am.  
Zoom Link: https:/ 
Running through the month of October, you’ll have many chances to learn from the best, regarding projects in the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay. 

October 6: Headcuts in Streams, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, with Mark Watts, Chemung SWCD 

October 13: Stabilization of Road Ditches with Mark Watts, Chemung SWCD
October 20: Black Rural Lives Matter: Stores of Black Rural Landowner Stewardship with Kristina Ferrare and Shorna Allred, Cornell University 

October 27: Chesapeake Capacity Builders Project with Drew Robinson, Choose Clean Water Coalition
We are hiring again! Join our team! 
Otsego County Energy Taskforce Intern 

If interested, please email your cover letter and resume to, and
Watershed Wednesday Spotlight

Black Rural Lives Matter: Stories of Black Rural Landowner Stewardship
Session Speaker: Kristina Ferrare and Shorna Allred, Cornell University

Tune into Watershed Wednesday on October 20th, at 9:30am!

Follow the Zoom link
You can also subscribe to the Watershed Wednesday programming by following this link: Watershed Wednesdays – Upper Susquehanna Coalition 
Leatherstocking Golf Course Walk
October 9, 2021 

How do you manage a golf course with minimal impact on the environment?

Join Mike O’Neill, Course Superintendent of the Otesaga’s Leatherstocking Golf Course to learn how! Mike will lead a behind-the-scenes tour of the course and its facilities to showcase the steps being taken to reduce water and chemical use, minimize runoff and erosion, and make the course a place that plants, wildlife and golfers can share. Meet at the course workshop.

Use the entry for the Cooperstown Country Club, 5748 NY-80, Cooperstown. Please proceed with caution on the golf course! Program is free.

Pre-register using the link below.
Leatherstocking Golf Course Walk – OCCA – Otsego County Conservation Association (
10:30: Tree Identification walk #1 with Program Director, Jeff O’Handley
11:30: Regular walk #1 with Executive Director, Amy Wyant
12:30: Regular walk #2 with Project Coordinator, Deirdre Crouse
1:30: Tree Identification walk #2 with Program Director, Jeff O’Handley
2:30: Regular walk #3 with Executive Director, Amy Wyant
3:30: Regular walk #4 with Project Coordinator, Deirdre Crouse
Are you aware of the versatility of black walnuts? You can add the nuts to desserts like cakes, pies, and bread. You can use the oils from the shell to create your own black walnut wood stain. You can plant the entire black walnut to grow trees for generations to come. Connect with Deirdre to get your hands on some!

HeatSmart Mohawk Valley: On Demand!
Want to learn more about Clean heating and cooling technology, but can’t make some of our live webinars? Check out our on Demand programs: 

Introduction to Cleaner and Greener Heating and Cooling

Energy Studies: The Place to start for any Building

Agricultural Energy Audit

Visit our website for more information:

Otsego Outdoors
Fall Octet Challenge 

Otsego Outdoors wants you to enjoy fall in the best way possible – get outdoors!

For information and a registration form, visit

HeatSmart Mohawk Valley: Introduction to Clean Heating & Cooling 

Webinars offered, Fridays at 11am

Come join us as we introduce you to HeatSmart Mohawk Valley, and our solutions around clean heating and cooling. We’re here to help you understand the new technologies available to help you save money, reduce your energy costs, and experience a much more comfortable climate in your home. The process may seem intimidating to start, but our HSMV team is here to walk you through every step of the way. 

This event has a video call. 
(US) +1 323-694-9436 PIN: 347213758# 

Friday, October 1st, 11am –12pm 
Friday, October 8th, 11am –12pm  
Friday, October 15th, 11am –12pm 
Friday, October 22nd, 11am –12pm  
Friday, October 29th, 11am –12pm   

Garage Sale (ongoing)
As part of OCCA’s mission to reduce our carbon footprint we will be holding our traditional “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Garage Sale” digitally.  You will still have the benefit of donating items to OCCA, getting some GREAT deals, and knowing that you are keeping things out of the landfill.

If you are interested in any of the items we have listed OR if you have items to donate, please email us.Garage Sale Items – OCCA – Otsego County Conservation Association (

Community Resilience 
OCCA continues to serve part of the Clean Energy Communities and Climate Smart Communities team for the Mohawk Valley.  If you are interested in how to get your community involved in Clean Energy, Climate Resiliency and planning for the future then contact Amy today to see how to get started! or call at 607-547-4488 

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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