Balancing Waterfront Protection with Safe Winter Recreation on Lake Hopatcong

The idea of protecting in-lake structures from ice damage is not a new one.  First introduced in the 1960’s, bubbler systems were meant to maintain a small area of open water along structures to protect against heaving and shifting ice.  In recent years the arrival of more powerful propeller driven …

Lake Hopatcong’s Annual Drawdown

In 2011, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) introduced the Lake Hopatcong Water Level Management Plan.  The goal of the water level management plan is to protect the environmental health and the natural, and scenic resources of Lake Hopatcong / Musconetcong River System, maximize recreational opportunities, minimize the …

Governor Murphy Signs $10 Million Lake’s Funding Bill

On September 24th, Governor Murphy signed S-3618/A-5778, making a $10 million appropriation for management and maintenance of lakes in New Jersey for recreation and conservation purposes. Below is a Press Release from the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed. Governor Murphy Signs $10 Million Lakes Funding Bill The $10 million …

NFWF awards $480,650 in grant money for streambank stabilization projects in the Upper Musconetcong River Watershed.

The Lake Hopatcong Commission has partnered with the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, with in-kind contributions from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, municipal governments, Morris and Sussex Counties, the Musconetcong Watershed Association, Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum, Rutgers University, NJ Highlands Council and Princeton Hydro to address three priority streambank stabilization …

NJDEP awards $206,000 in grant money to the for projects to reduce the impacts of nonpoint source pollution on waterways.

Lake Hopatcong Commission partners with the Lake Hopatcong Foundation with in-kind contribution from municipal governments, and the support of local and federal officials to address sources of non-point source pollution on New Jersey’s largest lake. LAKE HOPATCONG, N.J. (8/12/2020) –The N.J. Department of Environmental Protection this week announced that the …

HAB Grant Update – Biochar

Installations of Biochar, a woody material with a high affinity for a variety of pollutants including phosphorus, began around Lake Hopatcong on Thursday July 2nd as part of the NJDEP harmful algal bloom (HAB) management grant provided to the Lake Hopatcong Commission with project partner, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation. Following …

NJDEP Weed Harvesting Update

The following statement was provided by the NJDEP to the Lake Hopatcong Commission regarding the Weed Harvesting Program on Lake Hopatcong. “On Wednesday, June 24, there was a fatal accident involving a DEP Division of Parks and Forestry employee at Lake Hopatcong during weed harvesting operations. Due to the DEP …

In Remembrance of Curtis Mulch

It is with great sadness that we reflect on the passing of Curtis Mulch.  Curt was a long-time resident of Roxbury and a fixture in the community.  He, with his wife Jean brought up their family along the shores of Lake Hopatcong. As a part of the weed harvesting program, …