With most of 2022 now in the rearview, we’re continuing our tradition of reflecting on all we’ve accomplished together during the past year. What follows are highlights of our efforts to foster a vibrant and healthy lake and community, none of which would be possible without you: our steadfast supporters, donors, and volunteers. We hope, as you read through this list of accomplishments, that you see yourself in the programs, events, and initiatives that made our 10th anniversary year the great success that it was.
From the return of in-person field trips at Hopatcong State Park and public programs at the historic Lake Hopatcong Station, to seeing the results of our ongoing environmental advocacy and stewardship efforts, year 10 was really something to celebrate.
So, cheers to you! Your support of our efforts has translated into a full decade of making Lake Hopatcong the best it can be, and we can’t wait to begin our next decade of protecting the environment and enhancing the experience on New Jersey’s largest lake!
Worked with the Lake Hopatcong Commission and Princeton Hydro to install nine Floating Wetland Islands in Ashley Cove and Landing Channel, providing a low-cost, effective method of improving water quality by removing excess nutrients, like phosphorus, that could fuel algae growth.
Prevented the spread of aquatic invasive species by monitoring the lake’s shoreline and hand-pulling 115 invasive water chestnut plants through our volunteer Water Scouts program.
Co-lead the Canada Goose Management Committee with the Lake Hopatcong Commission. The committee developed a flyer outlining steps to deter geese and the flyer was mailed to nearly 2,000 lakefront property owners and hosted a US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services workshop on goose population control techniques.
Partnered with the Lake Hopatcong Commission, Hopatcong Borough, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to apply a GreenClean algaecide treatment to five acres within Crescent Cove in response to an ADVISORY level Harmful Algal Bloom.
Embarked on a trout study in partnership with the Lake Hopatcong Commission and the Knee Deep Club to track trout survival rates and how those rates correlate with the overall health of Lake Hopatcong.
Educated more than 1,300 students on lake ecology and the importance of protecting our freshwater resources through our environmental field trips. Hundreds of students from underserved communities were provided field trips, thanks to a new partnership with the Lake Hopatcong Elks.
Welcomed hundreds aboard the Lake Hopatcong Floating Classroom for a series of summer public eco cruises where guests enjoyed a day on the water, learning about water quality monitoring and how to protect Lake Hopatcong and our water resources.
Provided a series of sold-out historical cruises aboard the Floating Classroom, discussing the rich history of Lake Hopatcong and addressing how development and changes to the natural environment around the lake have affected water quality over time.
Continued to promote the B-SAFE dock numbering program, designed to help emergency personnel efficiently respond by land or water. A total of 876 property owners have purchased dock signs, bringing the total percentage of lakefront coverage to 45 percent.
Facilitated five corporate workday projects around the lake, harnessing the power of corporate groups to do good work while providing companies that care about their communities and the environment an opportunity to engage their employees in volunteerism.
Coordinated and hosted a meeting along with the Lake Hopatcong Commission, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the NJ State Police Marine Bureau, the Morris County Sherriff’s Office, and the four local police departments around the lake to discuss ways to work together for a safer lake that can be enjoyed by all.
Presented a public program featuring local, award-winning photographer and avid kayaker, Jeremy Travers, who discussed his newly-published book, "Flatwater Kayaker: My time spent in the Musconetcong Watershed and surrounding waters."
Worked with Jefferson Township and Rep. Mikie Sherrill to include authorization of $90M in federal funding for sanitary sewers in Jefferson Township as part of the 2022 Water Resources Development Act recently passed by congress. Sewer installation along the lakefront area of Jefferson Township would significantly improve water quality and reduce the threat of HABs in Lake Hopatcong.
Met regularly with federal, state, county, and municipal representatives to advocate for protection, support, and funding for Lake Hopatcong, its watershed, and public lakes throughout the state.
Coordinated the Public Lakes Alliance of New Jersey, a group of representatives from New Jersey’s public lakes who meet regularly to discuss and support each other in environmental, safety and other lake-related challenges.
Served on the 16-member Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed Steering Committee, which is comprised of local, regional, and national organizations helping establish priorities and policies for the future of our watershed.
We are able to accomplish all this and more with your support, and we thank you for considering an end-of-year donation that will help us continue to make Lake Hopatcong a great place to live, work, and play!