Great Turnout for the 1st Annual -- “FALL for our Town”

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The Hopatcong Environmental Commission held their first annual FALL for our Town as a way to communicate with the community on what we can do in our home, business, and school to help improve the local ecology.

The event was held at the Hopatcong Senior Center to a great turn-out of residents that wanted to learn more about the effects of Rain Runoff, Creating Rain Gardens, How to Garden, Septic System Maintenance, and other Environmental issues.

Fall Movie1The idea for the FALL for our Town event started with the Hopatcong Environmental Commission in January of this year and was easily expanded to the Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) that occurred on Lake Hopatcong this year. The core team responsible from the Hopatcong Environmental Commission included Pat Hoferkamp, Lisa Hirschfeld and Willa Scantlebury.

Fall Movie2Exhibitors that tied into the theme included:

  • New Jersey Highlands Coalition
  • New Jersey Clean Energy Program
  • Garden State KOI
  • Wilson Septic Services
  • Beekeeper Jim Puccio
  • Hopatcong Community Garden

Features of the Event:

  • Save The Lake – Information regarding how residents can attack the problem at their homes
  • Environmental games, sponsored by ANJEC
  • Newly planted rain garden tours
  • Beekeeper Jim Puccio and his beehives
  • Fall planting demos by master gardener, Jennifer Barone

About the Hopatcong Environmental Commission:

The Hopatcong Environmental Commission is a seven member Commission that helps provides the following services: securing grants, promoting and conducting environmental and conservation programs, reviewing NJDEP and EPA activities, assisting with litter cleanup and beautification activities, water testing of the Musconetcong River, and, in general, involving the entire community in preserving and enhancing the environment.

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