Work by the New Jersey legislature on Monday sent the proposed Lake Hopatcong Fund to NJ Governor Chris Christie, where it is expected to be signed before he leaves office.
Once signed this fund would provide $500,000 annually for Lake Hopatcong for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management, and enhancement of New Jersey’s largest state-run lake.
According to a Press Release from Monday, “Now, by securing long-term funding, Lake Hopatcong will receive the protection and conservation it needs,” said Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset.) “I am glad the fund’s approval heads to the Governor’s desk. With its signing, the ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ will provide stability for the local families and small businesses that surround the lake.”
“Funding for Lake Hopatcong is well deserved,” Senator Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) said. “Local economies are dependent on the survival of Lake Hopatcong, which is a vital national tourist attraction for the state. Unlike most New Jersey lakes, Lake Hopatcong’s lakeside businesses and restaurants depend on consistent weed removal for survival.”
“Year-to-year funding does not provide stability for Lake Hopatcong,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “A permanent fund to focus on the conservation of Lake Hopatcong will allow the lake to be maintained. When signed, the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” will protect the local economy and a significant tourist attraction.”