December 7, 2016, marks the start of the drawdown on Lake Hopatcong, and the start of the new pilot program by NJDEP.
Under this new pilot program, the lake will only be dropped 22 inches rather than the old 26 inches. Which means that you won’t even notice the change in the lake this year as we are already down 16 inches in the lake already (current reading is 7.65 feet).
This means that only six additional inches will be drained from the lake before the second part of the new pilot program kicks in where the outflow from the lake will be reduced 33% (from 12 cubic feet per second to 8 cubic feet per second).
These changes will allow the lake to recover faster this late winter into the spring, where hopefully we’ll reach a full nine feet again.