On Monday, July 13, 2020 members of the Lake Hopatcong Commission were briefed by the New Jersey Department of Environment Protection (DEP) regarding the tragic loss and the over-turning of a weed harvester.
The Harvester in question has been moved to a garage in Franklin, NJ for the investigation, which they anticipate will take at least six months.
Additionally, the DEP has shutdown the Weed Harvesting Program for the remainder of the year.
The DEP was receptive to paying the $500,000 for harvesting the weeds if the Lake Hopatcong Commission could find a contractor to perform the work.
During the Lake Hopatcong Commission meeting later that day, commission-members discussed who in the area have Harvesters and would be able to fit Lake Hopatcong into their already busy summer schedule. It seems that according to the agreement with the DEP, the money can not be used to treat weeds, just harvesting.
The Lake Hopatcong Commission also went into detail during the meeting that the Harvesters are owned by the DEP and not the Commission, and therefore the commission will not be involved in the investigation.
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