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OCCA Eco-Bulletin Including Videos from April 9 Forum

April 23, 2011

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ECO-BULLETIN FROM OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

April 22, 2011: Vol. 4, No. 7

Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

OCCA BOARD, VOLUNTEERS ARE ‘UP THE RIVER WITHOUT A PADDLE’

VIDEOS OF ROAD/LAND USE PRESENTATIONS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

SPRING CLEANING IS BENEFICIAL TO THE ENVIRONMENT

EXPANDED FORUM AIMED AT MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS, PLANNERS

PIE DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR OCCA GARAGE SALE

AREA EVENTS FOCUS ON GAS DRILLING

SHERIFF’S OFFICE HOSTS PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY

OCCA BOARD, VOLUNTEERS ARE ‘UP THE RIVER WITHOUT A PADDLE’:In an effort to raise funds toward countywide programs to protect and preserve the environment, OCCA Board members and volunteers have been set adrift in the middle of the Susquehanna. Sixteen dedicated OCCA supporters have been marooned for a good cause, each with the goal of raising $1,600 for new paddles to help them make it back to shore. Figuratively, that is. Through May 6, these Board members and volunteers will be e-mailing friends, family members, and business colleagues. All proceeds are to be used to implement OCCA-sponsored programs and initiatives. For instance, $10 could pay for one riparian tree in a compromised watershed; $50 could harvest 25 pounds of invasive water chestnut; $75 could stock 50 walleye in Otsego Lake; and $350 could send a middle-school student to DEC Environmental Education Camp. To “bail out” the OCCA Board member or volunteer of your choice, visit http://www.occainfo.org/documents/OCCAUptheRiverWithoutaPaddle.pdf. This PDF provides a link to the individual web pages for more information and online donations.

VIDEOS OF ROAD/LAND USE PRESENTATIONS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE:Courtesy of Cris McConkey Productions, videos of the April 9 road and land use forum, “How To Apply Local Controls to Shale Gas Industrialization,” are now available online. Presentations by Nan Stolzenburg, Helen Slottje, Mike Wieszchowski, and Julie Huntsman and Peg Leon can be viewed via the OCCA website home page (click on the link in the “In the News” column at the right) or by clicking http://occainfo.org/documents/Agenda040911.pdf. Topics covered are “Land Use Plans To Protect Your Town from the Hazards of Industrialization,” “Why Local Controls Should Be Applied to Regulate Industrialization,” “How Road Use Plans Can Help Control Truck Traffic on Your Roads,” and “Local Actions.” The welcome by OCCA Executive Director Erik Miller and the question and answer session are also available for viewing. This event was sponsored by Brewery Ommegang, the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and OCCA.

SPRING CLEANING IS BENEFICIAL TO THE ENVIRONMENT:OCCA’s Annual Garage Sale is just eight days away, and we need your donations! This Otsego County tradition draws hundreds of shoppers each year to browse the bargains in more than a dozen different categories, including household items, glassware, appliances, furniture, clothing, books, toys, knick-knacks, sporting goods, linens, holiday decorations, games and tools. Merchandise is donated by county residents and businesses, and 100 percent of the proceeds from this event go toward OCCA’s environmental programs and initiatives. The garage sale is a perfect motivator to finally clear out that cluttered attic, office space or storage room for a great cause. Clean, gently-used items can be dropped off at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market building, 101 Main Street, Cooperstown (behind KeyBank) on Saturday, April 23 and Monday through Thursday, April 25-28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those interested in volunteering to assist with this event are asked to call OCCA Administrative Director Darla M. Youngs at (607) 547-4488 or e-mail admin@occainfo for further details. The sale is set for Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1.

EXPANDED FORUM AIMED AT MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS, PLANNERS:On Saturday, May 7, the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, OCCA and Otsego 2000 will host “How To Apply Local Controls to Shale Gas Industrialization: An Expanded Forum for Municipal Officials on the Topic of Road and Land Use Regulation.” This hands-on workshop is an in-depth follow-up to the April 9 forum of the same title and is geared specifically toward elected officials and/or those making land-use decisions in their communities. In preparation, attendees are encouraged to view the presentations from the April 9 forum online in advance if they did not attend that event – these are now available via the OCCA website home page, admin. Seating is limited, on a first-come, first-serve basis and preference will be given to elected officials.

PIE DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR OCCA GARAGE SALE:OCCA invites donations of home-baked pies to be sold at this year’s annual garage sale fundraiser on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market building. Those wishing to drop off pies for the sale may do so at the OCCA offices, 101 Main Street, Cooperstown on Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AREA EVENTS FOCUS ON GAS DRILLING:Drilling for natural gas is the topic of a number of events to be held locally in the coming weeks. On Tuesday, April 26, the award-winning documentary film “Gasland” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in the Hunt College Union Ballroom at SUNY-Oneonta. A talk with Academy Award nominated director Josh Fox will follow at 8:30 p.m. Also on April 26, SUNY-Oneonta will host a Brown Bag Lunch discussion from noon to 1 p.m. on the ground level of the Hunt College Union with panelists Dr. Ron Bishop (chemistry and biochemistry), Dr. Devin Castendyk (earth sciences), Dr. Uni Blake (environmental toxicology) and Lou Allstadt (retired Mobil executive). On Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m., the Hartwick Conservation Advisory Committee and the Hartwick Town Board will present an informational forum by gas industry representatives at the Hartwick Community Center, 3146 County Highway 11, Hartwick. Speakers will include Dr. Scott Cline (BS in geological science from Penn State; MS and PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma), Gregory Sovas (retired director of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Mineral Resources), and Dr. Uni Blake, (BS in chemistry and MS in environmental toxicology from American University). These events are free and open to the public. And on Friday, May 13, Brewery Ommegang will host the Levon Helm Band at Brewery Ommegang Concert to Fight Fracking. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door, and can be purchased by calling 1 (888) 512-SHOW.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE HOSTS PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY:On Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office (172 County Highway 33 West in the Town of Middlefield) will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The public is encouraged to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. This service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

ECO-FRIENDLY TIP: Look for products made from recycled steel – from paperclips to garden tools and building materials.

From the book “1,001 Ways to Save the Earth,” by Joanna Yarrow.

OCCA needs your help to keep fighting the threats to our natural resources. Got a minute? Visit our website and look at everything else OCCA is doing – and please consider an online donation whenever you can. Click on www.occainfo.org and look for the Network for Good logo at the top right of the home page.

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