The Otsego Lake Watershed Supervisory Committee (WSC) administers Public Law 1100 and local laws which are established for the purpose of protecting Otsego Lake as a public water supply. Membership consists of two representatives from the Village of Cooperstown and one member each from the Towns of Middlefield, Otsego, and Springfield. Park closures as a result of harmful algal blooms will be posted to the Village of Cooperstown's site.
The mission of the Otsego Lake Association is to educate, advocate, and actively participate in protecting the health, beauty, and well being of Otsego Lake by facilitating the implementation of the Otsego Lake Watershed Management Plan.
SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station's sampling data and annual reports can be found on their website.
The mission of the Otsego County Health Department is to work in partnership with the community to improve and protect the health and well-being of all residents of Otsego County through health education, disease control and prevention, and public health preparedness.
Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation district assists in a variety of areas, including soil testing and mapping, stream management, and forest management.
In addition to administering the Septic System Replacement Plan for residents along Goodyear Lake and the southern stem of the Susquehanna River , the county planning department is a great resource for municipal data.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Originally established by Congress in 1935 as the Soil Conservation Service to combat "the wastage of soil and moisture resources on farm, grazing, and forest lands . . . “, the NRCS has expanded to work with landowners through conservation planning and financial assistance designed to help them conserve, maintain and improve their natural resources. The Agency emphasizes voluntary, science-based conservation; technical assistance; partnerships; incentive-based programs; and cooperative problem solving at the community level. The NRCS contributes to conservation assistance through millions of dollars to conservation assistance through their various financial assistance programs and conservation planning efforts.
Founded in 2019, the Community Foundation of Otsego County is 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity that brings together financial and human resources to address challenges and increase opportunity in Otsego County. They distribute grants to nonprofit organizations in our community and partner with them to reach solutions.
OCCA is a countywide environmental organization addressing a broad spectrum of basic environmental concerns. OCCA plays a key role in initiating and carrying out programs designed to improve or protect Otsego County’s air, land, and water. Wide support from county residents enhances our ability to accomplish our mission. More recently, OCCA has been expanding our reach into the neighboring counties of the Mohawk Valley region to connect our neighbors to our HeatSmart Mohawk Valley Clean Heating and Cooling Campaign, Community Energy Engagement Program, Clean Energy Communities Program, and Climate Smart Communities.
Otsego 2000 celebrates, protects, and enhances the environmental, agricultural, cultural, scenic, and historic significance of the greater Otsego Lake region. As a ‘first responder’ on environmental, sustainability, and community issues that affect the region's quality of life, Otsego 2000 endeavors to ensure healthy environmental and economic futures for present and coming generations through informed advocacy, public education, innovative projects, and ideas for economic advancement.
The mission of Otsego Land Trust is to conserve our natural heritage of woodlands, farmlands, and waters that sustain rural communities, promote public health, support wildlife diversity and inspire the human spirit. Otsego Land Trust works in the northernmost headwaters of the Susquehanna Watershed.
See where harmful algal blooms have occurred in NY here. Note that this map may not be up-to-date or include all blooms and should not be used to make decisions when considering swimming or boating.
View beach water quality results at state parks here.
This page contains useful information and links to mitigation efforts across the state. Click here to visit.
Learn more about health effects from exposure to toxins from harmful algal blooms here.
See how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration studies and forecasts harmful algal blooms across the country here.
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