Balancing Water Levels with Ice Build-up on Lake Hopatcong

Photos by Daniel L. McCarthy III, Esq. Commissioner for Hopatcong Borough

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Lake Hopatcong reached a full-lake freeze during the 2020/21 winter to the joy of many fishermen, ice skaters, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

It also brought us some examples of the important work that is being done by the Lake Hopatcong Commission (LHC) in balancing the water levels vs. ice build-up damage.

 

By Daniel L. McCarthy III
By Daniel L. McCarthy III
By Daniel L. McCarthy III
By Daniel L. McCarthy III
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Opinion: The Higher the Water Level – The Better, Right?

There is a commonly shared opinion that ensuring the lake is full and protected from unforeseen droughts by keeping the water levels higher in the winter is the best policy. Therefore, over the years the water level of the lake has crept up with memories of hard freezes fading into the past.

Balancing Water Levels vs. Possible Ice Damage

Ice 2021 Movie CoverThe right balancing action for our lake is being led by the LHC which voted in December not to change the current lake 22” drawdown to 18”. The primary reason given by the Commissioners was the protection against the possibility of ice damage that can occur through expanding or wind.

During the March 8, 2021 meeting of the Lake Hopatcong Commission Daniel L. McCarthy III, Esq. Commissioner for Hopatcong Borough provided a full report on the Ice Conditions for 2021 using the above pictures taken earlier in the week.


 

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