(20/P023) TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection today announced that it has developed a color-coded health alert index to provide the public with strong and clear guidance on suitable recreational activities in freshwater lakes and other water bodies impacted by harmful algal blooms, also known as HABs. The DEP is committed to working with local officials to implement the index as soon as possible.

As multiple projects and plans are underway on Lake Hopatcong to protect against a resurgence of Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs), we learned recently the first of the tests are underway this week on May 19, 2020. Eleven sites will be tested by Princeton Hydro on behalf of the Lake Hopatcong Commission.

Lake Hopatcong, N.J. (April 29, 2020) – A boat ride along the shores of Lake Hopatcong is likely to reveal a number of little blue signs attached to docks, boathouses, and even shoreline trees. 

TRENTON – To limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure social distancing, DEP will close all state parks and forests effective at 8:00 p.m. today, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today. State parks and forests will remain closed until further notice as required by Executive Order 118, signed today by Governor Phil Murphy.

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