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Finding Aid for the
OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
RECORDS, 1967-2001
(APAP-158)

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Finding Aid Compiled by
Aimee Morgan
November 2004

The arrangement and description of this collection was made possible through a New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program Arrangement and Description Grant.



 
 
 
 
 
 

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VOLUME: 6.4 cubic ft.

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Teresa Winchester, Executive Director of Otsego County Conservation Association, in April 2003 and March 2004.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative History

Scope and Content Note

Series Descriptions

Box and Folder List:


Otsego County Conservation Association
Administrative History

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The Otsego County Conservation Association (usually abbreviated OCCA) was founded in 1968 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of natural resources within Otsego County.[1] Founder Frederick H. V. Mecklenberg, known as "Mecky" to friends, remained an active force and an inspirational figure in OCCA from its earliest days until his death in 1991.

The primary goals of OCCA are to support and promote the conservation of Otsego County's natural resources; to support and publicize conservation-related educational programs; to cooperate with similar organizations and with all levels of government to "promote maximum benefit from privately owned rural land;" and to enhance appreciation for rural living.[2]

OCCA is governed by an elected board of volunteer directors. Officers include a president, a vice-president, a secretary, and a treasurer. The Board of Directors meets monthly. Full membership meetings are held annually, usually in October. Committees, which form to address specific issues, include the Otsego Lake Committee, the Land Use Committee, the Conservation Education Committee, and the Scientific Advisory Committee.[3]

In 1994, OCCA hired its first full-time employee. Teresa Winchester was originally hired as Coordinator, but her title was later changed to Executive Director.

OCCA has long enjoyed a close relationship with the State University of New York College at Oneonta's Biological Field Station, a research facility located along the shore of Otsego Lake. The Field Station's longtime director, Willard Harman, has served as OCCA president, and from 1991-1993 OCCA provided funding for an Environmental Administrator at the Field Station, J. Joseph Homberger. OCCA has also collaborated with other local and regional environmental organizations on issues of mutual concern; most notably with Otsego 2000 on issues such as the Glimmerglass State Park proposed motor boat launch in the 1990s.

Presidents of OCCA in the years covered by this collection were:
Frederick H. V. Mecklenberg, 1968-1973
John Olsen, 1973-1975
Willard Harman, 1975-1978
Bill Powers, 1978-1979
Willard Harman, 1979-1981
Irene Mozolewski, 1981-1989
Lewis Hamilton, 1989-1992
James Austin, 1992-1994
Bonnie Canning Hoffman, 1994-1997
Edna Holowachuk, 1997-2000
James Bernegger, 2000-

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1. "History," http://www.occainfo.org/pages/history.html, 13 August 2004.
2. "Bylaws of the Otsego County Conservation Association, Incorporated", 13 September 1990, Series 1, Box 1, Folder 18.
3. "Mission Statement", May 1991, Series 1, Box 3, Folder 3.


Otsego County Conservation Association
Scope & Content Note

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This collection covers OCCA's administration from its founding in 1968 through 2001. Activities of the Board of Directors are well-documented through meeting agendas, minutes, and correspondence. There are detailed reports on the activities of the OCCA Coordinator and the Biological Field Station's Environmental Administrator. Monthly treasurer's reports provide evidence of OCCA's financial affairs. Evidence of committee activity is limited. However, there are files for the Scientific Advisory Committee, the Otsego Lake Committee, the Financial Committee, and the Executive Committee.

The collection also contains a great deal of information on OCCA's environmental initiatives within Otsego County, particularly during the 1990s. Best-documented are OCCA's activities related to Otsego Lake and to solid waste management. The Otsego Lake files include a great deal of material on OCCA's opposition to a motor boat launch in Glimmerglass State Park, proposed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Other Otsego Lake issues covered by this collection include commercial and residential development along the shore of the lake, fish and fishery management, lake management, and watershed management. The solid waste files focus on controversy related to the Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority (MOSA), a three-county solid waste consortium that proved extremely costly to Otsego County in the mid to late 1990s.

There are also files related to other environmental projects and issues. These include files on the Cherry Valley Sewer Initiative, the Wal-Mart distribution center in Sharon Springs, and Otsego 2000's lawsuit against the County Planning Board, as well as subject files on general issues of environmental concern such as agriculture and water pollution.

Other OCCA activities are not as well-documented. OCCA offers annual fellowships and assistantships to researchers at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station, and sponsors several students each year at the Department of Environmental Conservation's summer camp for children and teens. However, information on these activities is limited. There is also not much information on membership involvement in the organization, apart from minutes and agendas from the annual membership meeting.

For related collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, see the online Conservation and the Environment subject guide at http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/conservation.htm.


Otsego County Conservation Association
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Administrative Files, 1967-2001, 2.5 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically

This series contains material related to the administration of the Association, dating from its incorporation in 1968 through 2001. Included are a near-complete run of board meeting agendas and minutes, monthly financial reports, by-laws, incoming and outgoing correspondence of board presidents and the executive director, committee reports, monthly reports from the Coordinator, and copies of OCCA's official newsletter. There are also some membership lists, a book tracking members and their dues payments from 1972-1988, and minutes from annual membership meetings. Because of the close relationship between SUNY Oneonta's Biological Field Station and OCCA, files related to the Field Station, such as the files of the Environmental Administrator, are included in this series. The Environmental Administrator's files consist primarily of reading files, which contain extensive outgoing correspondence, memos and reports written by the Environmental Administrator from 1991-1993.

Series 2: Otsego Lake, 1973-1997, 1999, 1.4 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically

This series documents the Association's work related to Otsego Lake. Central to this series are files documenting the Association's opposition to a proposed motor boat launch in Glimmerglass State Park. These files include correspondence, news clippings, reports, and responses to a major public opinion survey conducted by the Association in 1995. This series also contains material on other lake-related issues, such as boating and public access, development, fish and fishery management, lake management plans, and watershed management plans.

Series 3: Solid Waste Management, 1987-1991, 1 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically

This series documents OCCA's concern with and activities related to solid waste management in Otsego County. Many files document MOSA, the Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority. MOSA files consist mostly of correspondence, news clippings, and reports. They provide detailed documentation of public dissatisfaction with MOSA and Otsego County's legal struggles with the Authority. There are also numerous subject files on solid waste management in other New York State counties, as well as files on general waste management issues.

Series 4: Other Projects and Issues, 1969-2001, 1.5 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically

This series includes materials on OCCA projects not involving Otsego Lake or s olid waste management, as well as subject files on various conservation issues. Topics of particular interest include the Cherry Valley sewer project, the Glimmerglass Opera Theater shed project, Otsego 2000's lawsuit against the Otsego County Planning Board, the Leatherstocking Creek Stream Corridor project, and the Wal-Mart distribution center near Sharon Springs, New York, as well as subject files on agriculture and water quality issues.


Otsego County Conservation Association
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Administrative Files, 1967-2001

Box 1
Folder

1. Biological Field Station, 1991-1994
2. Biological Field Station, Reading File, 1994
3. Board of Directors, 1969-1970, 1972, 1974-1975, 1978-1982, 1989, 1991-1992
4. Board of Directors, Correspondence and Miscellaneous, 1972, 1975-1976, 1982-1984
5. Board of Directors, Correspondence and Miscellaneous, 1985-1986
6. Board of Directors, Correspondence and Miscellaneous, 1987-1988
7. Board of Directors, Correspondence and Miscellaneous, 1989-1990
8. Board of Directors, Correspondence and Miscellaneous, 1992-1995, 2000, undated
9. Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes, 1968-1977
10. Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes, 1978-1983
11. Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes, 1984-1986
12. Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes and Agendas, 1987-1989
13. Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes and Agendas, 1990-1991
14. Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes and Agendas, 1992-1993
15. Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes and Agendas, 1994-1996
16. Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes and Agendas, 1997-1999
17. Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes and Agendas, 2000-2001
18. Budget, 1988-2000
19. By-laws, 1970, 1981, 1984, 1990, 1998, undated
20. Contributions, Correspondence, 1996-1988, 1992, 1994, undated
21. Coordinator's Reports, 1994-1996
22. Correspondence, 1971-1985, 1988-1991
23. Correspondence, 1992-1993
24. Correspondence, 1994
25. Correspondence, 1995
26. Correspondence, 1996

Box 2
Folder

1. Correspondence, 1996
2. Correspondence, 1997
3. Correspondence, 1998
4. Correspondence, 1999-2001, undated
5. Correspondence, Incoming, 1990
6. Environmental Administrator, Position Description and Goals, 1991-1993
7. Environmental Administrator, Reading File, 1991
8. Environmental Administrator, Reading File, 1992
9. Environmental Administrator, Reading File, 1992
10. Environmental Administrator, Reading File, 1992
11. Environmental Administrator, Reading File, 1993
12. Environmental Administrator, Reading File, 1993
13. Environmental Administrator, Reports and Memos, 1991-1993
14. Executive Committee, Meeting Minutes, 1970, 1972, 1976, 1982-1983, 1987, 2001
15. Financial Committee, 1988, 1990-1991, 1993, 1995
16. Financial Correspondence, 1988-1991
17. Financial Ledger, 1973-1979
18. Financial Report, Draft, 1986, 1991
19. Incorporation Certificate, 1968, 1972
20. Incorporation Meeting, Minutes, 1968
21. Key Trust Company, OCCA Asset Report, 1992
22. Land Use Planning Committee, Meeting Minutes, 1987
23. Meeting Notes, 1990, 1994-1995, undated
24. Membership Dues Payment Record Book, A-D, 1972-1988
25. Membership Dues Payment Record Book, E-K, 1972-1988
26. Membership Dues Payment Record Book, L-Q, 1972-1988
27. Membership Dues Payment Record Book, R-Z, Honorary Members, 1972-1988
28. Membership Lists and Membership Reports, 1980, 1982-1984, undated
29. Membership Meetings, Annual, 1967-1986, 1988-1989, 1993-1997, 2000
30. Membership Survey, undated
31. Mission Statement, 1990-1991, undated
32. Newsletters, 1973-1988, 1990-1991

Box 3
Folder

1. Newsletters, 1992-1994, 1999, 2001
2. Norstar Trust Company, Investment Performance Review, 1989
3. Otsego Lake Committee, 1973, 1976-1978, 1980-1983, 1992-1993
4. Policy, 1988, 1993, 1999
5. Sale of Assets, 1987
6. Scientific Advisory Committee, 1985, 1987-1989
7. Scientific Advisory Committee, 1990-1995
8. Treasurer's and Controller's Reports, 1987-1989
9. Treasurer's Reports, 1979-1980, 1983-1986
10. Treasurer's Reports, 1990-1995
11. Treasurer's Reports, 1996-2000


Otsego County Conservation Association
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Series 2: Otsego Lake, 1973-1997, 1999

Box 1
Folder

1. Boating, Environmental Impact, 1974-1975, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1987-1988, 1990-1992
2. Comparison of the Otsego Lake Macrobenthos Communities between 1935 and 1993, circa 1994
3. Development, 1983-1986, undated
4. Development, Five Mile Point, 1985, 1987-1989
5. Draft Strategic Public Use and Access Plan for Fishing and Boating, 1994
6. Fish, 1995
7. Fisheries Management, 1995-1996
8. "The Future of Otsego Lake Country Is in Your Hands," Brochure, undated
9. Glimmerglass State Park Proposed Boat Launch, 1988-1992
10. Glimmerglass State Park Proposed Boat Launch, 1993
11. Glimmerglass State Park Proposed Boat Launch, 1994
12. Glimmerglass State Park Proposed Boat Launch, 1995-1996
13. Glimmerglass State Park Proposed Boat Launch, undated
14. Glimmerglass State Park Proposed Boat Launch, Correspondence, 1995
15. Glimmerglass State Park Proposed Boat Launch, Correspondence, 1996
16. Glimmerglass State Park Proposed Boat Launch, Correspondence, 1997
17. Glimmerglass State Park Proposed Boat Launch, Glimmerglass Coalition, 1995-1996
18. Glimmerglass State Park Proposed Boat Launch, Motorized Vehicles, 1995-1997
19. Glimmerglass State Park Proposed Boat Launch, News Clippings, 1993-1996
20. Glimmerglass State Park Proposed Boat Launch, Publicity Materials, 1995
21. Glimmerglass State Park Proposed Boat Launch, State Environmental Quality Review Assessment Form, 1995
22. Glimmerglass State Park Proposed Boat Launch, Surveys, 1995
23. Glimmerglass State Park Proposed Boat Launch, Surveys, 1995
24. Glimmerglass State Park Proposed Boat Launch, Surveys, 1995
25. Glimmerglass State Park Proposed Boat Launch, Willard Harman Memorandum, 1995
26. Lake Cleanup Day, 1973, 1993
27. Lake Commission, 1994
28. Lake Management, Alternatives, undated
29. Lake Management, Background Documentation, 1995
30. Lake Management, Correspondence, 1996
31. Lake Management, Other Lake Management Plans, 1987, 1997, undated
32. Legislation, 1984
33. Motor Boats, 1982, 1991-1994
34. Navigation Regulations, 1983, 1989, 1991-1994, undated
35. No-Wake Zone Regulations, Letters of Support, 1992
36. Otsego 2000 and Otsego County Conservation Association, Joint Work, 1988, 1991-1994
37. Otsego Facts, 1996
38. Otsego Lake Watershed Geographic Information System, 1989, 1991
39. "The Public Utilization and Perception of the Recreational Use of Otsego Lake," 1991

Box 2
Folder

1. Save Our Lake Otsego, 1984, undated
2. Septic Initiative, 1999, undated
3. State of the Lake Report, undated
4. Use Regulations, 1973, 1983-1984, 1991-1992, undated
5. Village of Cooperstown, Watershed Supervisory Committee, 1985
6. Water Level Data, 1974-1987
7. Water Quality, 1987, 1992-1993, 1997, undated
8. Watershed, Land Use Proposal, 1987
9. Watershed Management, Background Documentation, 1985, 1996-1997
10. Watershed Management Plan, 1997


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Series 3: Solid Waste Management, 1987-1991

Box 1
Folder

1. Brookman Disposal Transfer Station, 1997
2. Broome County Solid Waste Management, 1994-1996, undated
3. Chenango County Solid Waste Management, 1995-1996, undated
4. Cornell Waste Management Institute, 1994-1995, undated
5. County and Local Laws, 1989-1990, 1992, undated
6. Court Rulings, 1995-1996
7. Delaware County Solid Waste Management, 1996-1997
8. Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Waste Reduction and Recycling, 1994-1995
9. Department of Environmental Conservation, Cleanup Policy and Guidelines, 1991-1994
10. Grants and Funding, 1996
11. Enviro-Tech Resources, 1996
12. Flow Control, 1995-1997
13. Green Waste Composting, Village of Cooperstown, 1992, undated
14. Haulers, undated
15. Incinerator, 1987-1989, undated
16. Interviews, 1995-1996
17. Landfill Siting, 1993, undated
18. Landfills, Technical, 1986, 1995-1996, undated
19. Legislation and Court Cases, 1995-1996, undated
20. Madison County Department of Solid Waste and Sanitation, 1995, undated
21. Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority, 1992-1993, undated
22. Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority, Annual Report, 1996
23. Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority, Board Meetings, 1995-1997
24. Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority, Consultant's Report, 1997
25. Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority, County Board Resolutions, 1987-1989, 1995
26. Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority, Guaranteed Annual Tonnage, 1996
27. Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority, League of Women Voters, 1987-1989, 1995
28. Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority, Legislation, 1987-1988, 1994
29. Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority, Meetings, Hearings, and Interviews, 1995-1996, 2000
30. Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority, News Clippings, 1994-1995
31. Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority, News Clippings, 1996
32. Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority, News Clippings, 1997
33. Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority, News Clippings, 1998-2000, undated
34. Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority, Request for Proposals, 1995-1996
35. Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority, Request for Proposals, 1998
36. Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority, Tonnage Statistics, 1991-1996
37. Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority, Transfer Station Fact Sheets, 1996
38. Municipal Composting, 1996
39. New York State, 1988, 1992-1993, 1995, 1998
40. New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling, 1995, 1998-1999
41. New York State Publications, 1995-1997
42. Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, 1992-1993, 1996-1997, undated
43. Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, 1994-1996
44. Other Counties, 1993, 1995-1996, undated
45. Otsego County Solid Waste Committee, 1996-1998, undated
46. Otsego County Solid Waste Coordinator, 1997, undated
47. Packaging Reduction, 1994
48. Reclamation, 1995
49. Recycling Investment Program, 1995, 1997
50. Solid Waste Association of North America, 1995-1999, 2001
51. Tires and Asphalt Paving, 1991
52. Town of Root Anti-Landfill Legislation, 1996-1999
53. Toxic Waste, 1994, 1996, 1998, undated
54. User Fee, 1995, 1997, undated
55. Waste Reduction, undated
56. Waste-to-Energy, 1991, 1995, undated


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Series 4: Other Projects and Issues, 1969-2001

Box 1
Folder

1. Agriculture, News Clippings, 1994-2000, undated
2. Agriculture, Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact, News Clippings, 1998-1999
3. Canning Hoffman, Bonnie, Alexander Calder Conservation Award Nomination, 2001
4. Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, 1999-2001, undated
5. Center for Economic and Community Development, undated
6. Cherry Valley Sewer Project, 1995-1997
7. Cherry Valley Sewer Project, Preliminary Engineer's Report, 1997
8. Documentary, undated
9. Electric Power, News Clippings, 1998, undated
10. Environmental Management Council, 1993-1995, 1998, 1999, undated
11. Environmental Summit Meeting, 1996-1998
12. Events, Public, 1991, undated
13. Federation of Lake Associations, Waterworks, 1985
14. Glimmerglass Opera Theater Shed, Environmental Impact Statement, Draft, 1985
15. Glimmerglass Opera Theater Shed, Environmental Impact Statement, Draft, 1985
16. Green Party, News Clippings, undated
17. Hartwick Composting Committee, Meeting Minutes, 1989
18. Leatherstocking Creek Stream Corridor Project, 1992-1994
19. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 1983, 1985
20. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 208 Plan, Interim Reports, 1978
21. New York State Government, Environmental and Other Issues, News Clippings, 1994-1997
22. News Clippings, 1970-1971, 1973, 1984-1985, 1988-1989, 1994, 1998-2000, undated
23. Non-Point Source Pollution, undated
24. Otsego 2000, Town Planning Board Lawsuit, Appellant's Brief on Appeal, 1990
25. Otsego 2000, Town Planning Board Lawsuit, Record on Appeal, Volume 1, 1990
26. Otsego 2000, Town Planning Board Lawsuit, Record on Appeal, Volume 1, 1990
27. Otsego 2000, Town Planning Board Lawsuit, Record on Appeal, Volume 1, 1990
28. Otsego 2000, Town Planning Board Lawsuit, Record on Appeal, Volume 2, 1990
29. Otsego Agricultural Conservation Program, undated
30. Otsego County Board of Representatives, Citizens' Advisory Committee, 1974`1111
31. Otsego County Conservation Association, News Clippings, 1969-1978
32. Otsego County Environmental Management Council, 1970-1974, 1977-1979
33. Otsego County Planning Department, Newsletter, 1991
34. Otsego County Property Owners by Tax Parcel, 1985
35. Otsego County Property Owners by Tax Parcel, 1985
36. Otsego County Property Owners by Tax Parcel, 1985
37. Press Releases, 1992, 1995-2000
38. Public Service Commission, "Questions and Answers Explaining the Transmission Line Certification Process In New York State,"1982
39. Soil Conservation, 1990, undated
40. Susquehanna River, 1991-1993
41. Three Mile Point Pavilion, Project Manual, 1990

Box 2
Folder

1. Wal-Mart, Distribution Center, 1994-1995
2. Water Pollution, 1970-1976
3. Water Pollution, 1978-1981
4. Water Pollution, News Clippings, 1970-1981
5. Water Pollution, State Program for Control and Abatement, 1976
6. Water Pollution and Drinking Water, 1979-1980
7. Water Pollution and Drinking Water, 1981-1982
8. Water Pollution and Drinking Water, News Clippings, 1980-1982
9. Water Problems, Southeastern New York, New York City, Catskills, 1980-1983
10. Water Problems, Southeastern New York, New York City, Catskills, News Clippings, 1980-1983
11. Wetlands, undated
12. Whaling, Michael, 1993-1994


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