By: Colleen Lyons – Administrator, Lake Hopatcong Commission
The goose population on Lake Hopatcong, estimated at 650 geese during the summer, presents a concern for both the environment and public health. To address this concern, the Lake Hopatcong Commission has scheduled a meeting to discuss goose management initiatives and opportunities for volunteer assistance. The meeting will be held on February 15, 2024, beginning at 6:30 pm at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Headquarters, 125 Landing Road, Landing, NJ.
A single Canada goose poops about 28 times per day, producing up to two pounds of droppings daily. These goose droppings can introduce harmful bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella into the lake, rendering it unsafe for swimming. In addition, they contribute to elevated phosphorus levels in the water, fostering the growth of harmful algae blooms.
In response to this environmental challenge, the Lake Hopatcong Commission collaborated with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2023 to implement an egg addling program aimed at reducing the goose population. Last year, 271 eggs were successfully addled. The Commission is committed to continuing and expanding this program in 2024 and the upcoming meeting is an opportunity to discuss the progress of this initiative and to explore ways to enhance the efficiency of the program with volunteer efforts.
Those interested in goose management or volunteering to assist with the addling initiative can register for the in-person meeting HERE. Or join in the conversation virtually at THIS LINK at 6:30 pm on February 15.