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OCCA ECO-BULLETIN

August 24, 2011

ECO-BULLETIN FROM OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

August 23, 2011: Vol. 4, No. 19

Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

METHODS OF SHORELINE PROTECTION, PERMITTING PROCESS TOPIC OF OPEN MEETING

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY COLLECTION

OCCA COMMENTS ON PROPOSED SRBC RULE CHANGES, DRAFT SGEIS COMMENT PERIOD

HELP SOUGHT FOR FINAL WATER CHESTNUT ERADICATION OUTINGS OF THE SEASON

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE THROUGH OCCA AND SWCD

OCCA VICE-PRESIDENT TO BE HONORED AT SRBC MEETING NEXT MONTH

METHODS OF SHORELINE PROTECTION, PERMITTING PROCESS TOPIC OF OPEN MEETING: The Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee will host a talk this month which focuses on shoreline protection for lakeside landowners. Andy Dangler and George Casey, United States Army Corps of Engineers, along with Steve Swenson and Mike Clark, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will discuss preferred methods of shoreline protection and the joint permitting process. The information will benefit both lakeside residents who would like to address their shoreline issues and private contractors who typically perform this type of work.The WQCC meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. in Classroom A on Wednesday, August 31, will be hosted by the Otsego County Planning Department at The Meadows Office Building, 140 County Highway 33W, approximately five miles south of Cooperstown. This event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required by Monday, August 29. Those interested in attending should e-mail OCCA Acting Executive Director Darla M. Youngs at admin or call (607) 547-4488. This event is made possible thanks to the Otsego County WQCC which, in order to better satisfy the educational component of its mission, has restructured its monthly meetings to include public information sessions. The OCWQCC was established in 1992 as a sub-committee of the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District. It is comprised of a diverse group of people representing state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and lake associations. These members have technical expertise and knowledge and are committed to working to improve and maintain the quality of water in Otsego County through the reduction of nonpoint source pollution within its boundaries.For more information on the WQCC, visit www.otsegosoilandwater.com/waterqualitycc.html. OCCA is a WQCC member organization.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY COLLECTION: Pharmaceuticals, paint, chemicals, propane tanks and car batteries are only a few of the things that are being collected at the 14th annual Otsego County Household Hazardous Waste Day Collection, to be held on Saturday, September 17. The collection site is at The Meadows Office Building on County Route 33W next to the Otsego County Jail. More information and registration will be available by calling 607)547-4020 or e-mail m<a href="mailto:artha.clarvoe. Volunteer shifts are 7:30-11:00am or 11:00am-2:00pm.

OCCA COMMENTS ON PROPOSED SRBC RULE CHANGES, DRAFT SGEIS COMMENT PERIOD: The Otsego County Conservation Association today filed formal comments on proposed changes in rulemaking by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission and the current public comment period on the state’s revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the Oil Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program. With regard to water use and withdrawal project rule changes approved on June 23, OCCA asked that the SRBC further consider the possible risks posed by unconventional gas drilling and related development to clean water, aquatic life, and human health before adopting the proposed changes to 18 CFR Part 806. In a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens, OCCA has asked that DEC ensure a transparent and accessible public comment period on the dSGEIS, with ample time and opportunity for the public to weigh in on this important document.

HELP SOUGHT FOR FINAL WATER CHESTNUT ERADICATION OUTINGS OF THE SEASON: For the past five years, the Otsego County Conservation Association and Goodyear Lake Association have been vigorously battling an invasive plant, the water chestnut, as it spreads throughout the northern part of Goodyear Lake. It has been estimated that without this initiative, the northern portion of the lake (the stump lot) would be completely covered by water chestnut in less than five years. This season, OCCA and GLA have one two day hand-harvesting session remaining on September 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering for this effort should call and leave contact information with Bruce Shultis of the Goodyear Lake Association, 432-8698, or with OCCA, 547-4488. Volunteers will meet at the Route 28 pull-off in Portlandville, just south of Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales, at the appointed time each day. Gloves are suggested and canoes and johnboats are available. Those in need of a boat are asked to call to register so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Lake area residents who would prefer to boat over to the stump lot are encouraged to do so.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE THROUGH OCCA AND SWCD: The Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District has asked the Otsego County Conservation Association for assistance in recruiting interns to assist in twice monthly monitoring of 50 streams within the county. This is a volunteer position without compensation, but credit hours will be accrued as allowable. Training will be provided. Job duties include: To act alone, or as part of a team, to visit 50 sites throughout Otsego County and directly measure and record (electronically and by hand) conductivity, pH, temperature, total dissolved solids and time/date data. Data will be collected with a YSI Professional Series probe (to be kept at the SWCD office). The selected individual(s) will be responsible for proper calibration of the unit prior to use as per the manufacturer’s instructions. The selected individual(s) will be responsible for regular downloading of data and assist in its compilation and analysis. Total time required to collect all data is approximately two, eight hours days. The selected individual(s) will visit all sites within a 12-15 day interval. The selected individual(s) will be trained by SWCD staff and will follow the prescribed protocols for collection and safety. The selected individual(s) will hold a valid and clean New York State drivers license and be subject to the vehicle usage & responsibility portions of the District Personnel Policy. The selected individual(s) will be representing the District, and will be expected to present and comport themselves in a professional manner. For further details, e-mail Darla M. Youngs at admin

OCCA VICE-PRESIDENT TO BE HONORED AT SRBC MEETING NEXT MONTH: On Thursday, September 15 at 8:30 a.m., the Susquehanna River Basin Commission will hold a meeting and public hearing at Country Inn & Suites Cooperstown, 4470 State Highway 28, Milford. In addition to the public hearing, its related action items, and other presentations, Dr. Willard N. Harman will receive the Maurice K. Goddard Award, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of water management. Harman is director of the SUNY-Oneonta Biological Field Station, Rufus J. Thayer Chair for Otsego Lake Research, a Distinguished Service Professor of Biology, and vice-president and past president of OCCA.

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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