The approach of a new year, with all its promise and potential, is also a good time to pause and reflect. The past year presented plenty of challenges but also brought new opportunities to engage with the community, steady progress on core projects and initiatives, and some very exciting new beginnings. Below is an info-graphic and list of just a few of our accomplishments from 2017. None of them would have been possible without our members, donors, volunteers and supporters. So, pause for just a moment to reflect with us. These are your accomplishments too, and we can’t thank you enough for the positive impact you’ve made.
- Completed three water-quality projects over the past year, including: water quality monitoring at 11 sampling stations from May through September; a macrophyte study to determine the relative effectiveness of various control techniques intended to reduce aquatic vegetation, and; a hydroraking demonstration project at Bright’s Cove in Jefferson and Landing Channel.
- Provided lake education to 426 area students, facilitating experiences that allow students to understand the relationships between human actions and their effect on the environment, in order to cultivate environmentally responsible behavior.
- Purchased a floating classroom to enhance our educational programming by allowing us to bring full classes of students and people of all ages onto the lake, providing hands-on opportunities to learn about freshwater ecology and how to help protect our lakes.
- Awarded $2,000 in scholarships to two local graduating high school seniors who plan to further their education in fields related to lake environments. By investing in our youth’s education, we are investing in the future of Lake Hopatcong and other valuable freshwater resources.
- Received $439,000 in county, state and foundation grants in 2017 for the restoration of the historical Lake Hopatcong train station. These grants are extremely competitive and most are available solely for historic preservation projects. (Grants were received from the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund, the New Jersey Historic Trust, The 1772 Foundation, and The Hyde and Watson Foundation.)
- Continued restoration of the Lake Hopatcong train station with: replacement of the original green Spanish tile roof; completion of the plumbing and utilities, and; purchase of new windows and doors. In addition, the first phase of landscaping was completed with a native plant garden, gravel walkway and two benches.
- Funded 239 additional hours of weekend/evening police patrols on the lake, providing protection at times when there would otherwise be no coverage.
- Crafted the “Lake Hopatcong For All” guidelines, with contributions from a variety of stakeholders, to help keep busy areas of the lake safer for all users. Conducted summer courtesy patrols, with the assistance of volunteers who logged 105 hours to help spread the word.
- Blazed more than 10 miles of hiking trails through the Borough of Hopatcong. It took 519 hours of staff and volunteer time to complete this first phase phase of the Lake Hopatcong Trail. When completed, the trail will traverse approximately 40 miles through four towns, eventually encircling the lake.
THANK YOU! We are looking forward to an amazing 2018.