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Welcome to the Otsego Lake Association

Our Mission

The Mission of the Otsego Lake Association is to support and further the implementation of the "Plan for the Management of the Otsego Lake Watershed" issued in 2002.  (updated 2007)

Recent News

FREE Invasive Species Training - June 26th 2015.
           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.

Learn what YOU can do to protect YOUR water body
HOW? Attend our FREE CRISP Watershed Steward Training! June 26th, 2015 from 9 am to 4 pm
SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station Boathouse 7016 State Highway 80, Springfield, NY 13333 ~ 7 Miles North of Cooperstown
Learn about:
•Plants & animals that can change your water.
•Laws used to protect against invasions.
•Where these invaders hide & how to sniff em’ out.
Any questions contact Paul @ or 607-435-4989.

Otsego Lakes Festival
          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. This years event is Saturday July 11th, 2015. 12:00pm (Noon)-4:00pm More details available here.

Plans for 2015 "We Love Our Lake, Annual Boat Parade" have been announced. The grand marshal this year is Paul Lord. Quote: "While I do spend considerable time on and near Otsego Lake, there are so many focused on Glimmerglass that I was truly surprised by this honor. I only hope that my day of grand-marshalling can bring positive attention to all who work to protect Otsego Lake. I want to highlight the good works of the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station (BFS) and the BFS Volunteer Diver Team. There is much to be done to protect our local gem, Otsego Lake. OLA -- and Otsego Lake -- needs many partners." Find our more here.     

NEW Boat Transport Law Awaiting Implementing Regulations
           We celebrated, on Sept 2, 2014, when Governor Cuomo signed the new Aquatic Invasive Species spread prevention bill. The new law differs from previous regulations in that it applies to "all public waters", not just NYSDEC waters and requires boats and floating docks be cleaned prior to launch. A copy of the law is posted here. NYSDEC didn’t know how the bill might look when passed or if the bill would be signed and, so, did not have implementing regulations prepared. The new law is for launching only and differs from existing DEC regulations. DEC is currently developing draft regulations to implement the new law. The new regulations will contain “a suite of spread prevention actions that watercraft operators can take before launching. They will be released for public comment, likely in early summer, and are expected to take effect in the fall.” OLA has obtained permission from the Village of Cooperstown to build a steam cleaning station in Lake Front Park to help implement the new law on Otsego Lake.

Upcoming Events

Invasive Species Training
Annual Boat Parade
Otsego Lakes Festival
Annual Meeting

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