NJDEP Testing shows 39% Improvement – Byram Cove Should be Next to Open on Lake Hopatcong

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On Wednesday, August 7, 2019 the NJDEP testing results from Lake Hopatcong came back with some favorable numbers, showing an 39% decrease in the Phycocyanin levels in the lake.

While test results have been on a roller coaster ride over the last two weeks, this is the first time we’ve seen such a dramatic drop in the levels.

Additionally, Byrams Cove has tested clean (below 20,000) for the last two tests, so it should be the next to open as early as this Friday. Meanwhile only Indian Harbor and Henderson Cove are the areas that is not under the advisory (Open to swimming).

This DOES NOT MEAN that the lake is closed, as you can Boat, Fish, Canoe, Kayak. And go to the restaurants, bars, free outdoor concerts and just generally have fun. The NJDEP just recommends that you minimize your exposure to the water.

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Past Reading

Current Reading

% Increase

Pebble Beach

Not Tested

Not Tested

Not Tested

Sand Harbor

Not Tested

Not Tested

Not Tested

Clearwater Beach

Not Tested

Not Tested

Not Tested

Bass Rock Beach

Not Tested

Not Tested

Not Tested

Lake Forest Yacht Club Beach

Not Tested

Not Tested

Not Tested

Elba Point Beach

Not Tested

Not Tested

Not Tested

Mount Arlington Beach

Not Tested

Not Tested

Not Tested

Hopatcong State Park

63,000

57,250

-9.13%

Crescent Cove Beach

160,000

Not Tested

Not Tested

Wood Port Bay

96,750

54,750

-43.41%

Mid-Lake

47,500

56,125

18.16%

Crescent Cove Road

84,000

80,750

-3.87%

Henderson Cove

19,750

15,000

-24.05%

Byram Cove

18,000

13,750

-23.61%

Indian Harbor

14,250

11,750

-17.54%

East of Davis Cove

44,000

38,250

-13.07%

SE of State Park Beach

48,500

41,500

-14.43%

Prospect Point

63,000

30,000

-52.38%

Average:

658,750

399,125

-39.41%

Aerial Coverage:

Aerial Coverage of Lake Hopatcong:

On 7/30 the phycocyanin levels seem to have decreased in intensity and spatial coverage. The bloom is still present in pockets with one near the buoy at ST-14.

DEP Levels 07 31 2019 In 

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