LHF Honored with MCMUA Environmental Excellence Award

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation was honored with a Clean Water Stewardship Award at the Morris County MUA 2019 Environmental Excellence Awards on October 11, 2019, at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.  


The awards program, held at the Haggerty Education Center, began with a fashion show highlighting reused and recycled designs from bags to jewelry to clothing. Next up was 3-year-old Jack, who knows ALL about recycling. He helped the audience sort through a bag of trash to help everyone understand what should and should not be recycled. Click HERE for a helpful guide on the MCMUA’s Single-Stream Recycling Collection procedures.   

Award recipients

Ina Braun – Bagtivist Extraordinaire
Douglas Cabana, Morris County Freeholder  – Recycling & Sustainability
Eric Gabrielson, Republic Services – Man in the Trenches
Girl Scout Junior Troop 96507, John Hill School, Boonton – Waste Reduction and Sustainability
Lake Hopatcong Foundation – Clean Water Stewardship
Nancy Lennon, Parsippany High School – Stewardship and Sustainability
Alice Maxwell, Director, Kemmerer Library – Renew Overdue Bags!
Mendham Borough Schools, Parent Green Team – Dream Green Team
Steve Nebesni, County of Morris – Above & Beyond M.O.R.E.
Wegmans, Hanover Township – “Super” Market Recycling
Wharton Borough Recycling Depot Employees – Recycling Right
The Willows at Roxbury – Rebag to Recycling Bin

Clean water stewardship

The Foundation was awarded the Clean Water Stewardship Award for our leadership role in organizing the 2018 Lake Hopatcong community cleanup in conjunction with the 60-inch drawdown of Lake Hopatcong. The drawdown provides a chance to access the lakebed around the shorelines. During the cleanup, more than 400 volunteers logged an excess of 1200 hours collecting debris from 50+ access points around the lake’s nearly 50 miles of shoreline.  The debris that was collected, including 4,000 drink containers, 300 plastic bags, 175 toys, 150 articles of clothing and more than 800 tires. 

“Morris County Clean Communities has been a great supporter of the Lake Hopatcong community,” said Lake Hopatcong Foundation Grants and Program Director Donna Macalle-Holly. “We graciously accept this award on behalf of the Foundation, our project partners, and the hundreds of volunteers who made the cleanup a huge success.”

The cleanup was coordinated by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and the Lake Hopatcong Commission with grant funding from the Morris and Sussex County Clean Communities programs as well as the MetLife Foundation. The removal of the collected debris was handled by departments of public works from Hopatcong, Jefferson, Mount Arlington, and Roxbury, tires were cleaned by Hopatcong Fire Departments and recycled by Bridgestone’s Tires4ward Program and the Morris County Mosquito Commission.

Morris County District Recycling Coordinator and Awards Program Emcee Liz Sweedy said, “The Morris County MUA has partnered with the Lake Hopatcong Foundation on various projects and we appreciate working with the Foundation to achieve common goals in improving water quality and preserving natural resources.”


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