The Lake Hopatcong Commission held its monthly meeting on December 9, 2019, at the Lake Hopatcong Train Station. The following provides the highlights of the meeting and full video coverage.
One of the more important topics included the Governor is sending a delegation to meet with the four local Mayors the Week of December 16th, with the hope that is the start of forward movement. It was also mentioned that each of the Mayors has short-term solutions in the works.
An article from the Washington Post regarding global warming was read by one of the board members, as warming increases Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs), and the report concluded that this area has the fastest rising temperature. The point being made is that this last summer wasn’t an isolated incident and we must act to prevent this from occurring again.
Weldon Quarry is seeking to continue their discharge permit. Jefferson isn’t aware, and Hopatcong will look to see if they have been notified.
Updates to the Commission:
- Reviewed the major elements of Governors November meeting with the Commission
- Announced that the Governor is sending a delegation to meet with the four local Mayors on the Week of December 16th
- Reviewed the EPA Grant that was mentioned last month, where the LHF is filing for a possible million dollars in funding for Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs)
- Covered that fact that there is no current DEP approved method to handle HABs
- A new committee of larger New Jersey lakes (i.e. Greenwood and Deal) is starting to form as a way to work together on lake-related strategies, such as State and Federal policies and procedures
- A new children’s book created by local talent over the last two years called “Lake Hopatcong Speaks Out” has been completed, and is now available on Amazon
DEP / State Park Update:
- The Drawdown continues until December 15, 2019
- They are working on the analysis of the pilot project for the lake drawdown
- Disassembly of the harvesters is complete; they are checking to see if any repairs are needed
- Plans have been created for the working model on Crescent Cove that includes biological treatment and 28 Aeration Diffusers
- After 20’ there is no oxygen in Lake Hopatcong, and the Crescent Cove model supports the correction of that with aeration
- The Hudson Sewer Extension was mentioned as another area Hopatcong is working on as a work in progress to help Lake Hopatcong
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