Find out more about what we have been up to in 2016 by checking out our
Laker’s Dozen: 12 “Sweet” LHF Achievements from 2016
Projects and Initiatives
Thanks to the help of a number of enthusiastic volunteers and a hardworking staff, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation has accomplished several initiatives on behalf of the lake community and environment. Here are updates on what we’ve been up to:
- Installed floating wetland islands in Ashley Cove to help remove weed-feeding nutrients from the lake’s waters
- Running the Water Scouts program, which seeks out and removes invasive species, including the removal of two water chestnut outbreaks during the summer of 2014
- Working with Montclair State University, Seton Hall University, and Drew University on short- and long-term studies of the lake ecosystem
- Coordinated more than 400 volunteers for the Lake-Wide Community Cleanup on November 9, 2013.
- Held lake cleanups after the annual fireworks show and a post-Sandy floating debris pickup and disposal
- Continuing regular water quality monitoring of the lake
- Reducing runoff through riparian vegetation, rain garden, rain barrel, and other demonstration projects and homeowner education programs.
- Coordinated and planned field trips for 4th graders in local schools, including five stations at Hopatcong State Park (boat ride, trail hike, historical museum, stream sampling, and watershed model study). In the process of seeking grant money for a “floating classroom” for such trips.
- Conducted ice safety presentations in several local public and private elementary schools.
- Presenting two $1,000 annual scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are pursuing studies in lake-related fields.
- Looking to ensure lake history books are available in all school classrooms and libraries where they are needed.
- Met with representatives from all levels of police (state, county, and local) and emergency services to determine gaps and create partnerships.
- Worked out an agreement with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the N.J. State Police to add patrols during busy boating times during the summer
- Conducting a campaign to encourage people to call in dangerous boating to State Police with signage at businesses and launch points around the lake
- Developing a dock numbering program to help make it easier to locate someone in need of emergency assistance
- Working with municipalities and counties to create a broad trails system around Lake Hopatcong.
- Helped fund the Prospect Point Trail in Lake Hopatcong (Jefferson Township) with $15,000 grant
- Granted money to a Hopatcong Eagle Scout to help create a guided hike of the Roland May Eves Sanctuary.
- Helped with the creation of the Lake Hopatcong Guide app, which includes kayaking launch points and local hiking trails.
- Send informative newsletters (spring/summer and autumn/winter) to residents in the lake area to share information about lake safety , making lake-friendly environmental choices, etc.
- Setting up a dock numbering program, for safety and navigation (partnered with the police and rescue team)
- Hosts the annual Lake Hopatcong Block Party to bring community groups and businesses together at the State Park on the Saturday before Mother’s Day in May.
- Organize an annual “Shop Local” promotion for the month of July, encouraging shoppers to go to local restaurants, marinas, and other businesses and to think of all four towns around the lake as their “downtown.”
- In November 2014, purchased the Lake Hopatcong Train Station in Landing, with the goal of making it the Lake Hopatcong Foundation office and a Community and Environmental Center to open to the community.
- Working with Roxbury Township, Morris County, and the State of New Jersey to improve the aesthetics of the end of the lake fence and sidewalk area in Landing, to enhance the look of that “gateway” to the lake for many.
- Partnered with the Morris County Parks Commission to develop a feasibility study on the Lee’s Park Pavilion in Mt. Arlington, with the ultimate goal of seeing that building used in a way that is open and serves a public need.
- Working with engineers and Hopatcong State Park to restore the fountain to working condition again, with the support of grant money from Morris County.