On July 8, 2019, the Lake Hopatcong Commission formulated a meeting to help educate the public and to answer all questions on the status of Lake Hopatcong and the Blue-Green Algae problem.
The meeting was attended by over 300 residents who had the ability to ask questions of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) who closed the lake, and Princeton Hydro who has been doing independent testing on the lake for the last eight years.
The Bottom Line:
During the meeting, the public learned that while Lake Hopatcong continues to improve, test results still show levels higher than the New Jersey limits on cell counts for cyanobacteria. The NJDEP will continue to do weekly a fly-over and physically test the lake twice a week.
At this time there is no estimate of when Lake Hopatcong or portions of the lake will reopen to water contact such as swimming. As mentioned by the NJDEP and the residents, the closure does not include boating. The NJDEP members were boating on Lake Hopatcong today to observe the lake closely, and they encourage people to continue to enjoy boating on the lake.
The provided short video taken during the public Q&A swimming provides a good summary of the current status.
Residents ask Tough Questions
After a brief presentation from NJDEP and Princeton Hydro the Residents asked tough questions about how this happened, what can be done to prevent this from happening in the future, and when will the lake be reopened.
Move Coverage Coming
Due to the lateness of the hour, Hopatcong Lake Regional News will update this article on Tuesday with more information from the three-hour meeting.
Series of Articles:
- Coverage of the Lake Hopatcong Commission Meeting on Algae Issues
- Coverage of the Lake Hopatcong Commission Meeting – Presentations by NJDEP & Princeton Hydro
- Coverage of the Lake Hopatcong Commission – Residents Seek Answers
Additionally, the entire Video coverage is available online (2 hours and 45 minutes)
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