Our quarterly newsletter, "The Lookout," keeps OCCA members up to date on our recent and future activities and programming. It also serves as an educational tool, featuring information on general topics such as local alternative energy opportunities, recycling, natural gas drilling, and much more.
Click on the links below to view recent issues of "The Lookout."
Vol. 45, Issue 1
Headlines: Earth Festival offers brand new recycling opportunities; Annual dinner, meeting held in Cherry Valley; 2012 Year in Review.
Vol. 44, Issue 1
Headlines: OCCA celebrates new Mohican Farm office with summer open house; Otsego, Schoharie stakeholders sought for Mohawk Region CGC; OCCA in the news; Cooperstown paints sharrows on Main Street; Otsego State of the Lake Report: Summer 2012; On Andy's Trail; O-C-C-Yay!; Board member spotlight; Why do kids need to experience nature? Portlandville access cleanup; OCCA Circuit Rider Planner Program hitting its stride; A team effort; Energy Cooperative of America offers Green Power program; Planting trees for tribs; Executive Report: The effectiveness of OCCA-funded Otsego Lake programs; OCCA Annual Dinner, Meeting is Nov. 16; President's Message: Congrats, welcome, thanks; Hard at work; Helping hands; OCCA launches 'What's In Our Water?'
Vol. 43, Issue 3
Headlines: Sosa lauded by OCCA for community trail, stewardship initiatives; Membership is vital to our mission; Beekman Boys to kick off Spring Garden Day, Earth Festival; OCCA in the news; OCCA calls for withdrawal of DEC's revised draft SGEIS; Shamieh joins OCCA staff as new environmental planner; OCCA names new director; School uses education mini-grant funds to purchase weather station; Combined efforts ensure continued success of HHWD; OCCA welcomes Sauerwald; Bassett Medical Center named 2011 OCCA 'Green Business'; Karen Sheckells recognized for environmental excellence; Golden Artist Colors honored for Otsego Cty. recycling efforts; Two for two: Early 'gas ban' court decisions favor home rule; About appeals; Social media intern joins OCCA team; Begin collecting now for OCCA garage sale; Free shredding service returns to Earth Festival: ORCA schedules Bike to Work Day.
Vol. 43, Issue 2
Headlines: Lentz assumes role of OCCA president, Clarvoe continues as project manager; Moving forward by working together; Riparian buffers an effective tool in water quality protection; Volunteers needed for water chestnut hand-pulling; Nature walk series continues; We're putting membership dollars to good use: Here's how; OCCA assists with emerald ash borer awareness efforts; A Look Back at "The Lookout"; OCCA: Working hands-on in your community; Protocol, chain of custody integral in water testing for legal purposes; Third Annual Bike to Work Day enjoys continued success; OCCA preparing for invasives paddle; Program makes lighting upgrades affordable; Lake Appreciation Day is Saturday, August 13; OCCA assists with Zoning Commission.
Vol. 43, Issue 1
Headlines: Earth Festival 2011 focus is on ‘three R’s’ of waste management; OCCA continues education, programs on natural gas drilling, water quality; OCCA in the news; WQCC hears report from hydrofracturing ‘ground zero'; Stewardship and the environment: The buck stops here; Reprinted ‘SOLO’ bumper sticker revives piece of history; Circuit Rider Planner Program offers valuable services to municipalities; Forum addresses costs associated with heavy industry; Well-spent Wednesdays; Save the Date: Hagers to be honored; OCCA announces two education mini-grants; OCCA, SWCD seeking water sampling interns; Students present on micro hydroelectric; OCCA 2010 Annual Fund Drive: Thank you for your continuing support!; Back yard composting good for gardening, environment; Wetland treatment project yielding promising results; OCCA sponsors three DEC camperships; Nature walk schedule beginning to take shape; August picnic planned for Glimmerglass Park; Social media intern joins OCCA team; Donations, volunteers sought for garage sale; Small, dedicated group enjoys snowshoe hike; Solar energy versus natural gas: the responsible choice; and Bike to Work Day is May 20.
Vol. 42, Issue 4
Headlines: OCCA 2010 Year in Review; Updated gas lease map now online; OCCA seeks empty inkjet cartridges, cell phones.
Vol. 42, Issue 3
Headlines: James Herman lauded for conservation, environmental education efforts; Leatherstocking Golf Course and environmental stewardship: Are they mutually exclusive? OCCA in the news; Conservation only a part of solution to sustainability; Environmental planner joins OCCA team; A Look Back at "The Lookout"; Return to Andy's Trail; BigFoot Baler available soon.
Vol. 42, Issue 2
Headlines: Miller represents OCCA on advisory committee; Zebra mussel studies funded in part by OCCA; OCCA prepares to bring planner on board; Team effort appreciated; OCCA in the news; Bike to Work Day figures more than double in 2010; Weir lends a hand with water testing, natural gas projects; Marsh thistle: A prickly invader!; New Board members begin work with OCCA; Harman honored for work with dinner, endowment; LED lights offer environmental, economic advantages; Eradication efforts successful; Miller now on NESARE Executive Committee; OCCA helps with local food pantry program; Sketch now in place for landscape-inspired art; Presentation focuses on ag resource protection; Pressure washer bought with Norcross grant; Deadline nearing for comments on EPA study; OCCA-sponsored intern reports on activities; OCCA among no-lease supporters; Festival celebrates importance of Otsego's Lakes; Otsego County students win prizes for Earth Festival Eco-art; Festival attendance figures top previous years; OCCA nature walk series takes hikers over hill, dale.
Vol. 42, Issue 1
Headlines: Earth Festival Seminar Series focuses on renewable energy, natural gas; French, Vargha join OCCA Board; President's Message: Belated thanks; OCCA president to receive award from EPA; DISH, Texas mayor shares gas drilling experiences; OCCA member steps in to direct garage sale fundraiser; Composting should be part of county's solid waste plan; Composting Q&A; OCCA 2009 Annual Fund Drive: Thank you for your continuing support!; WQCC explores carbon sequestration, ag carbon trading; Save the Date: Dinner in Honor of Dr. Willard N. Harman.
Vol. 41, Issue 4
Headlines: OCCA programs are strong, diverse as the organization moves forward; Member renewal key to OCCA success; OCCA in the news; Hartwick profs report on Susquehanna water quality; Team effort appreciated; Upcoming events.
Vol. 41, Issue 3
Headlines: OCCA honors Robert, Jean Miller for lifelong devotion to the environment; Many thanks for a job well done; OCCA in the news; If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em.
Vol. 41, Issue 2
Headlines: Towns must act now to have sway over natural-gas companies; Why OCCA is appealing to members; OCCA in the news; What did OCCA do this summer?; Solar for the common man: Doing as the ancients did; Saving money, energy through Equity Energy; Geothermal energy systems offer multiple benefits; OCCA-sponsored interns learn, report findings to Board; Award nominations sought.
Vol. 41, Issue 1
Headlines: OCCA garage sale is coming soon; Save the OCCA garage sale; A word from the Executive Director: OCCA gears up for Annual Fund drive; OCCA in the news; Recycle Styrofoam, Christmas lights at Earth Festival; President's Message: OCCA in the forefront regarding gas drilling concerns; Greasecyclers: An innovative green enterprise starts up; Davies latest to join OCCA board of directors; Enviro Events Calendar; OCCA membership contributions: Thank you for your continuing support!; Lake Campaign programs moving forward; OCCA is running on WVO; Bottled water no longer sparkles in public eye; Consumer rights watchdog urges us to drink tap water; Bike to Work Day planned in May.