Cupsaw Lifeguards for 2017

We’re happy to announce the lifeguard staff at Cupsaw Lake for 2017:

Maggie Leenas, Molly Leenas, Nick Selleroli, Ryan Selleroli, Danny Seigel, Connor Boorse, Taylor Boorse, Christian Vignola, Mike Wilson, Katy Renton, Sam Biss, Bryana Cielo, Nick Yuhas, Nikita Wilbur, Christine Fili, Daphne Leenas, Maddie Burgner, Krista Maher, Nora McDonagh, Casey Selleroli, Jacob Martin, Hayley Wright, Peter Budzilovich


Welcome Summer of 2017!

We begin another season at our beautiful lake with swimming, boating, fishing, sports, and relaxation. Our swim program, lifeguards, snack stand, and recreational activities are in full swing. Our sub-groups have been working to complete improvements such as a newly painted clubhouse, renovated men’s bathroom, new water fountain, plantings, rain garden, and much more. Our wish is that you take time to enjoy all Cupsaw Lake has to offer.

Your Presidents,

Denise Scutti & Joe Politano

Cupsaw Lake Stewardship June 2017

The Cupsaw Environmental Committee works hard to make Cupsaw the best lake it can be. Here are just some of the efforts this group has undertaken:

  1. Goose Management-
    1. Kayak chases early in the morning to discourage geese
    2. Goose patrol to clean up after the occasional goose visitor in Spring
    3. Solar powered blinker light at lanes to discourage bedding down at night
    4. Back up USDA contract for removal, as a last resort. (Hasn’t been needed)
  2. Weed Management-
    1. Herbicide treatments in April and May
    2. “Weed rope” beyond the 3rd dock to catch dying weeds
    3. Canoe pick up of floating weeds around weed ropes and lanes
    4. Herbicide booster in June in shallow areas
  3. Algae Management-
    1. Aeration system to reduce internal phosphorus release
    2. Alum treatments in May and June to drop out nutrients (2016 & 2017)
    3. Canoe pick up of floating filamentous algae in swim areas
    4. Introduction of beneficial bacteria (June 2017)
    5. Copper Sulphate treatments in July and August as necessary
  4. Watershed Management
    1. Rain Garden (by Boy Scouts) near Volleyball court to slow erosion from courts
    2. Encouragement to pump septics regularly
    3. Encouragement to use lawn fertilizer sparingly
  5. Water Circulation
    1. Ensuring paddle wheel operation which is key to beach water quality
    2. Use of water movers near lanes and in deep cove areas
  6. Lake Testing and logging
    1. Weekly State testing for coliform count (always way below criteria)
    2. Monthly testing for algae presence by our aeration company
    3. Periodic testing by our own committee in our own lab
    4. Near daily testing and logging Secchi depth, temp, and goose sightings
    5. Four years of data logging to verify results of lake treatment measures
  7. Meetings and Outreach
    1. Monthly Environmental Committee Meetings
    2. Meetings with Erskine and Skyline environmental committees every other month
    3. Participation at NJ Coalition of Lake Assn’s meetings (4 times annually)
    4. Member of board of directors of NJ Coalition of Lake Assn’s

As a result of these efforts:

  1. Our State testing of beach water is regularly <10 for coliform, <200 is the requirement
  2. Our Secchi disk clarity has been improving year to year for 4 years
  3. Our lake swimmers and sailors have had fewer weeds to contend with
  4. We no longer contend with goose droppings on our beach

However, we can’t get too confident; we are dealing with nature. It is a lake, we will have weeds and algae, but we need to keep up with our best efforts.

Beginner Paddleboard Classes Start July 8th

Beginner paddleboard classes on Cupsaw Lake start on July 8th at 9 AM and run for 75 minutes on Saturdays.

No paddleboard or yoga experience necessary. No minimum age – under 18 requires a waiver with a parent’s signature though.

Limited to 15 paddleboarders. Paddleboards, paddles and life jackets will be provided. Price is $40 per person.

Email Amber by July 5th to confirm attendance for class on July 8th.  (We have to give 48 hours notice – adult and kid count for life jacket size. No individual cancellations, although we can cancel a class for weather.)

July 8 Paddleboard 101
July 15 yoga
July 22 paddleboard 101
July 29 yoga

Rain dates if needed are July 16 and July 23

Turtle Island Update

It’s that time of year again to get Turtle Island cleaned up and ready for the 2017 Season.  In April, the Turtle Island committee will conduct a full inventory of all the boats on the Island and the corresponding slip they are located in.  We will also assess the current space on the Island and do our best to add additional slips to accommodate more members who would like a boat slip. 

Please make sure your boats are properly tagged with your 2016 Turtle Island boat tag and your boat registration sticker that was issued when you first registered your boat with CLIA.  Boats without the proper documentation, will be removed from the Island.  Thanks for your help and your patience while we prepare for the upcoming season.