There are essentially three key program areas the LMRPB is focused on.
First is to act as an advisory body to the four municipalities, two counties and the State of NJ on issues that impact the health of the lake and it’s watershed. These issues can range from non-point pollution sources to specific impact of individual construction projects within the lake’s watershed.
Secondly the lake board is charged with the education of the public on water quality, health of the aquatic environs and the habitat of the fish and wildlife associated with the lake. Information is made available to the general public during the lake board’s participation at public events such as Stanhope Day, Netcong Day and Byram Day. We maintain links to our partners such as NJ Fish and Wildlife, NJEP, NJ State Parks, the Musconetcong Watershed Association and others on our web page. The LMRPB holds a fishing contest for the youth of the area annually in the first week of June in conjunction with Stanhope Day. This event offers the youth (and adults) the opportunity to discover the diverse fish population in the lake.
Thirdly the LMRPB leads a major effort annually in the process of invasive weed control. We accomplish this effort through the selective use of herbicides in key areas of infestation throughout the lake. The herbicide application varies year to year depending of the species present and their location in the lake. Since 2010 the LMRPB has spent $127, 310.00 on herbicide treatment alone. During that time we were able to eradicate over 100 acres of the water chestnut, Eurasian milfoil and other invasive species. Another major portion of this effort is addressed through mechanical harvesting utilizing both our weed harvester and a smaller one borrowed from the Lake Hopatcong Commission through NJ State Parks. Over the past 7 years we have spent $101,144.00 on harvesting and removed 19,337,910 pounds of weeds from the lake. This results in the removal of 3,427 pounds of phosphorus from the lake. In 2014 and 2015 the LMRPB ran two trial experiments utilizing pro-biotics treatments in an attempt to reduce the depth of the biological sediment in the lake. Although the experiment looks promising the results thus far have been inconclusive and do not warrant additional funding at this time. We will continue to research this going forward as it could be a viable alternative to dredging. Our most recent thrust into weed management is the purchase of a Hydro-rake. This piece of equipment is expected to be in service on the lake by mid-summer 2017. The Hydro-rake will enable us to remove aquatic plants by their root system preventing the re-growth of the plant.