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, NJDEP, 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 on the species present and their location in the lake. Since 2010 the LMRPB has spent $262,213.00 on herbicide treatment alone. During that period 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 12 years we have spent $171,617.00 on harvesting and removed 22,922,592 pounds of weeds from the lake. This results in the removal of 4,064 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. We have continued to research this and decided it is a viable alternative to dredging. After much research the board has authorized a "Pro-Biotic" program utilizing a product called MD-Pellets that will dissolve the muck in the application area. Plans were to treat 150 acres of the lake in 2022 in partnership with the Lake Musconetcong Community Association in a focused attempt to reduce the amount of nutrient rich muck at the lake bottom. Unfortunately NJDEP had disapproved of the use of the MD pellets after we made a purchase. Their decision was based on the fear of the unknown and little research. Our recent thrust into weed management was the purchase of a Hydro-rake. This equipment was in service on the lake by mid-summer 2017. The Hydro-rake was intended to enable us to remove aquatic plants by their root system preventing the re-growth of the plant. Unfortunately, the NJDEP changed their definition of "Hydro-Raking" which made the equipment unsuitable for the use it was approved for. The Board subsequentially voted to sell the equipment and utilize the proceeds to augment our operations and focus of the pro-biotic effort which has now been halted by the DEP once again.