Lake Hopatcong Foundation - By Marty Kane: As the headwaters for the Musconetcong River, which winds and flows southwest for more than 40 miles to the Delaware River, Lake Hopatcong is part of the nearly 13,000 square mile Delaware River Watershed.
Critical to the economic well-being of the region, the Delaware River Watershed contains forests, wetlands, lakes, and a vast system of rivers that offer vital habitat for fish and wildlife, is home to more than 8 million residents, and provides drinking water to more than 13 million people.
The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed (CDRW) was formed to protect this remarkable natural resource from environmental threats, by uniting organizations working throughout the region to assure the entire watershed, including New Jersey’s largest lake, is properly funded, and sustainably managed to support people and wildlife.
As a member organization of the CDRW, we were extremely gratified when the CDRW honored our request to make the support of lakes one of its five major New Jersey legislative goals for 2021. And this past week, we were thrilled to be invited to join the 16-member CDRW Steering Committee, which is comprised of local, regional, and national organizations who guide the Coalition's strategic goals and work plans, helping establish priorities and policies for the future.
We are firm believers that through collaboration and teamwork, we can shine an even brighter light on the needs of Lake Hopatcong and other water bodies, ensuring a brighter future for the entire watershed.
The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed unites organizations working throughout the region to enhance their capacity to effectively advocate for protecting and restoring the Delaware River Basin.
The main stem of the Delaware River is the longest undammed river east of the Mississippi, traveling 300 miles from its headwaters in Hancock, NY down to the Delaware Estuary and Bay. The Watershed spans New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware through one of the most densely populated areas of the mid-Atlantic region.
Within the Watershed’s boundaries are roughly one million acres of wetlands and about 50 percent is forested. Significant ecological and recreational assets include the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (one of the country’s most visited national parks), more than 400 miles of waterways designated under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers program, six National Wildlife Refuges, and the highly complex Delaware Estuary, which is one of the most important shorebird migration sites in the world.
This vast river system not only provides vital habitats for a rich variety of fish and wildlife species, but it's also home to more than 8 million residents, provides drinking water to an estimated 13.3 million people, and is critical to the economic well-being of the mid-Atlantic region.
This national treasure is remarkable for its wealth of natural resources, but it remains vulnerable to environmental threats. That's why the Coalition was formed. By uniting groups across the region, the Coalition is creating a cleaner, healthier watershed for generations to come.
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