Ron Bishop to Receive Conservationist Award
The Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) will present Dr. Ronald Bishop, a lecturer in SUNY Oneonta’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, with its 2012 Conservationist of the Year award on Friday, Nov. 16, during the OCCA’s Annual Dinner at The Tryon Inn in Cherry Valley.
Bishop and Louis W. Allstadt were named co-recipients of the award in recognition of their diligence in providing industry- and science-based information to the public on the possible environmental impacts of high-volume horizontal hydrofracturing for natural gas.
Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District Manager Scott Fickbohm and Dr. Les Hasbargen of SUNY Oneonta’s Catskill Headwaters Research Institute will give a two-part keynote presentation titled “The Importance of Baseline Monitoring in the Protection of Water Resources.” Fickbohm will outline the importance of baseline surface water quality monitoring relative to potential gas drilling in Otsego County, and Hasbargen will talk about SUNY Oneonta’s ongoing campaign to characterize the chemistry of private drinking water wells in Otsego County.
Otsego County’s oldest environmental conservation organization, OCCA is a private, nonprofit membership group dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research and planning.