Annual Gathering

Date: Saturday in August 2021

Time: Coffee & Donuts 8:30am Meeting 9:00am-11:00am

Location: TBD

Main Topic:

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Spend a couple of your Saturday morning hours learning about what's happening in and around Otsego Lake. Meeting is open to members and non-members. Invite your friends and neighbors.

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Presentations from the 2020 Annual Meeting can be viewed on YouTube.

Entire 2020 Virtual Meeting

Thwarting Aquatic Invasive Species in Otsego Lake by Jared Stauss

European Frogbit in Otsego Lake by Sierra Stickney

Hybrid Pondweed Project 2020 by Mary Keefe

Continuous Lake Monitoring Buoy (CLMB) What's that contraption in the lake? by Kiyoko Yokota

Annual Gathering Photos

Photo credit: Paul Donnelly.

Otsego Lakes Festival

Date: 2021?
Time: Usually 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: Glimmerglass State Park or Lakefront Park.

Notes: Now called the Otsego LAKES Festival, this event is traditionally a day of educational outreach with a focus on water quality. Once a celebration that recognized Otsego Lake and its vital role to the region as the headwaters of the Susquehanna River, the festival focus has been expanded to highlight the importance of Otsego County’s other major water bodies, including Canadarago and Goodyear lakes.

The Otsego Lakes Festival is made possible thanks to the OCWQCC, established in 1992 as a sub-committee of the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District. The WQCC 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.

Photography & Arrangement: Richard and Elizabeth Walker

Annual "We Love Our Lake" Decorated Boat Parade

Date: Saturday July 3, 2021.
Time: 3pm
Location: Three Mile Point, Otsego Lake.

Notes: Plan to float your boat – rain or shine - in OLA’s Annual “We Love Our Lake” Decorated Boat Parade. This year's theme is "Here Comes the Sun". The parade will form off a predetermined area, then proceed slowly along a section of the lake, and end at a predetermined location. The parade will be led by the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station’s barge, the Anondontoides. All boats, large and small, are welcome – including antique or classic, human powered, wind powered, electric powered, jet powered, outboard powered, or inboard/outboard powered. We encourage you to decorate your boat. It can be unusually decorated, humorously decorated, patriotic theme decorated, joyful/party theme decorated, sports theme decorated, military theme decorated, etc. If you prefer, you do not even need to decorate your boat - just join in the parade and view the other boats. You can even join the parade at any time or anywhere along the route, especially for non-motorized boaters who might not want to travel the full route. If you are unable to float your boat, you can watch from shore at various points along the parade route. There are no fees, registration forms, rules, or regulations except travel slowly, stay in line, be courteous to other boaters, and practice social distancing. In the past, we have had over 50 boats participate in the parade. The parade is meant to be a fun filled family event for all boaters to celebrate our love for Otsego Lake.
Annual Boat Parade Pictures
Photo credit: Michael Santulli.

Otsego Lake Clean-Up

Date: Sunday in August?, 2021.
Time: 9:00am-2:00pm
Location: Otsego Lake.

Notes: Place lake debris at the end of your dock for pickup by OLA volunteers. This is specifically for items found in/on the lake shore such as old tires, pieces of old docks, old pipes etc. Special thanks to the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field station for the use of their research vessel "The Anodontoides" as the debris barge.

Photo credit: Timothy Pokorny.

Springfield 4th of July Parade and Celebration

Date: Monday, July 4, 2022.
Time: See below.

Location: Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. in Springfield Center, Evening Concert and Fireworks at Glimmerglass State Park, concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Notes: Springfield’s 105th Almost-Annual 4th of July Parade, themed begins at 11:00 a.m. in Springfield Center.

Following the parade, a Celebration at the Springfield Community Center will feature live music. OLA will be in attendance on the grounds and in the community center. We will have games and prizes for kids and merchandise for sale.

Brooks’ chicken barbecue, homemade pie, strawberry shortcake and much more will be available for sale.

Indoor displays include the 4th of July Quilt Show, the Springfield Historical Society Open House, and a Revolutionary War Era exhibit by the Fort Plain Museum and Historical Park.

Look for the Utica ZooMobile, plus games and activities for the whole family on the Community Center lawn.

Free parking for the Parade and Celebration will be available at the Springfield Community Center on County Route 29A.

The Springfield 4th of July Committee will also present an Evening Concert and Firework Display at Glimmerglass State Park. The concert begins at 7:30 at the main pavilion, followed by fireworks over Otsego Lake at dusk.

Springfield… the place to be on the 4th of July!

Any questions?  contact Springfield.July4@gmail.com or visit them on Facebook

Earth Festival at the Milford Central School

Date: April 22, 23, 24, 2021.
Time: Various (see notes)
Location: Various (see notes)

Notes:

Earth Festival is Coming! 

Earth Festival will be returning, once again in modified format. This year will feature online educational programs and webinars, and fun events including trivia night and a scavenger hunt on April 22 and 23rd, and a special, “Drive Through, Drop Off” Recycling Event on Saturday, April 24 from 11am to 2pm that will include document shredding by Empire Recycling’s Confidata service; expanded polystyrene foam collection by ArcOtsego, and more. All programs will be free and open to the public. The “Drive Through, Drop Off” Recycling Event is open only to Otsego County residents (we’re sorry, no businesses) and will require pre-registration. For details on what to drop off, how to package it, and how to register visit occainfo.org/Earth-Festival

Sponsorships available: Please help keep Earth Festival going! Your donation will help cover costs, including paper shredding, equipment rental, advertising and more. Sponsors will be listed on our website, in advertisements, and at all online programming. Visit occainfo.org/Earth-Festival for details. 

 Volunteers needed: OCCA is recruiting volunteers to help with the Drive Through, Drop Off recycling event. Volunteers are needed to help unload recyclables from cars, direct traffic and sort and pack recyclables for shipping. Volunteers must be willing to follow COVID-19 protocols. If you would like to help out, connect with Jeff O'Handley at programdirector@occainfo.org 

Earth Festival is an environmentally focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, workshops, vendors, food and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist. OLA will be present to answer your questions. Stop by browse our handouts & posters. Fill out a membership form. Check out our stylish apparel.

Earth Festival Photos
Photo credit: Unknown.
In 2011, OCCA Board Member Tier French entertained and educated Earth Festival visitors as the ChicoBag™ Bag Monster®. The costume was used to illustrate the impact of single-use plastic bags.

Buffer Strip Maintenance

Date: Wednesday in May, 2021.
Time: 9:30am-?.
Location: Lake Front Park Buffer Strip.

Notes: Come join the Lake and Valley Garden Club, BOCES and OLA for a fun few hours maintaining our most used and well-known buffer strip.
Don't forget your gloves and sunscreen.
Lake Front Buffer Strip photos
Photo credit: Timothy Pokorny.

Aquatic Invasive Species Training

Date: Typically, late April and May 2021.
Time: 9:00am - 4:30 pm.
Location: Biological Field Station Thayer Boathouse
7016 State Hwy 80 Springfield, NY.13333. ~7 miles north of Cooperstown.
Main Topic: Watershed Stewardship: Boat Inspections & Invasive Species Identification

Notes: FREE TRAINING. Learn how to become a steward for your lake. Spend a day with BFS staff learning about aquatic invasive species, how to prevent their spread & boat inspection procedures. Contact Paul.Lord@oneonta.edu for more information.
Stewardship Training Photos
Photo credit: Meredith Taylor

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