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Sediment Sampling Heroes

Sediment sampling on Lake Hopatcong, photo by Bob Kays.

Sediment sampling on Lake Hopatcong, photo by Bob Kays.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve had several amazing volunteers go out with a group from Montclair State University that conducted sediment sampling as part of a study that the LHF has commissioned through a partnership with MSU. The purpose of the study is to determine levels of nutrients in the sediment at various places around the lake and how that possibly contributes to the amount and type of aquatic plant species that grow in those areas. (We’re looking at you, Crescent Cove! And some other hot spots, too…) Partial funding for this study was generously provided by a grant from the Verhalen Family Foundation, which the LHF very much appreciates!

The volunteers endured some cold, wavy, and overall dirty conditions to help the students and faculty collect their samples (one even gave up front-row tickets to a Giants game!) over some very long days, and we can’t thank them enough. So here’s a big shout out to:

Sediment sampling on Lake Hopatcong, photo by Bob Kays.

Sediment sampling on Lake Hopatcong, photo by Bob Kays.

Tom Bush
Tom Flinn
Bob Kays
Rich Romeo
David Rubenstein
Stephan Sher
Fred Steinbaum
… and we must also thank Dow’s Live Bait, Lake’s End Marina, and Camp Six for donating boats to be used for the sampling.

We’ll be sure to let you know when the results of the study become available. And if you see any of those wonderful volunteers or business owners out and about, please thank them for giving their time and resources to the better understanding and management of the lake!

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