Freeholder boards in Morris and Sussex counties have agreed to allocate a total of $50,000 in matching funds to support an application by the Lake Hopatcong Commission for a potential $500,000 state grant to study and reduce harmful algal blooms (HABs), which severely limited recreational use of Lake Hopatcong during most of the 2019 recreational season.
On January 13, 2019, the Lake Hopatcong Commission got underway for the start of 2020. During the meeting Princeton Hydro provided a detailed presentation with 2020 monitoring recommendations, State Funding was discussed, and the commission is looking to get stricter on Zoning and build-up around Lake Hopatcong.
Residents of the Lake Hopatcong area are very accustomed to the wide variety of ongoing events from the Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF), but we never really understand everything this small team of superstars and volunteers accomplish throughout the year, as they publish the reflections for the year.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking applications for $6 million in grants for projects related to lakes and harmful algal bloom (HAB) management, including treatment and prevention demonstration projects as well as water quality restoration through prevention and mitigation of nonpoint source pollution (NPS). This is being done via two (2) Request for Proposals (RFP).
Since 2015, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation education team of staff and volunteers have been holding spring field trips for local students to learn about the lake and how to keep it healthy. In line with these lessons, volunteers Dorothy Sabarese and Pat Mueller began working on a children’s book, geared toward 4th and 5th graders (the same age as the students on our field trips).