Message from the CLIA Board – Sep 8th, 2017

As we come to the end of the season we hope you enjoyed the many summer activities Cupsaw Lake had to offer. We look forward to your continued participation in our fall events.

Important upcoming dates to remember:

General Membership Meeting – Tuesday September 26th – 7:30 at the clubhouse.

Lake Lowering to begin on or about  - October 7th. Any member who plans to have work done on their dock or surrounding area that borders the waterfront will need to submit  plans to the Board.

Last day for lifeguards – Labor Day, Monday – September 4th.

Thank you to all the Clia Board members and sub groups, volunteers, counselors, lifeguards, and members who helped to make the summer a success! We appreciate your efforts to our lake community!

Clia Board

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.

2017 Member Dues Online Payment

Paying online allows you to choose how fast you pay off your annual dues. Use any credit card or PayPal for a fast, safe, and secure transaction. If you don’t have a PayPal account, and you don’t want to open one, you can still click the “Don’t have a PayPal account?” link instead of signing in when you land on Paypal and then use your debit or credit card as a PayPal guest.

WCF is a Web Convenience Fee (to offset the cost of accepting credit cards) that applies to each transaction as noted below and will automatically be added to your cart. 

Please note that due to the way PayPal charges fees, when combining multiple items you may wind up paying more than is actually due by a small amount.  In these cases, we must treat the overage as a small donation, rather than cut return checks for less a dollar, etc.  Hopefully you agree that the convenience of online payment is worth it!

Note: Dues were due on 3/31/17.  The $50 late fee has been added to all renewal memberships.


Homeowner Family Membership: $569.00 + $17.30 WCF
Homeowner Senior Membership*: $335.50 + $10.33 WCF
Rental Family Membership: $605.00 + $18.38 WCF
Rental Senior Membership*: $356.00 + $10.94 WCF
* Senior memberships are discounted and include only 2 badges. If more badges are needed for other household members they can be added below at $25 each.  Member must be at least 65 years old; new senior members must provide proof of age.

New Memberships

New Membership Initiation Fee: $500.00 + $15.24 WCF
*Applies to Homeowner Memberships only.  This lifetime fee is a one-time charge; does not apply to returning past members.

Extra Badges for Senior members

Senior’s Extra Badge: $25.00 + $1.06 WCF

Boat Tags

Boat Registration Tag Fee: $10.00 + $0.61 WCF
Replacement Boat Tag Fee: $10.00 + $0.61 WCF
Turtle Island Perimeter Slip (Type A): $35.00 + $1.35 WCF
Turtle Island Interior Slip (Type B,C,D,E) Kayak Racks (Type F & G) or South Dock: $25.00 + $1.06 WCF


Tennis Court Key (Annual court maintenance fee): $25.00 + $1.06 WCF

Donations to Support the Lake

CLIA Donation: $25.00
CLIA Donation: $50.00
CLIA Donation: $75.00
CLIA Donation: $100.00


If you decide to pay by check then make it payable to Cupsaw Lake Improvement Association and mail to:

Cupsaw Lake Improvement Association
P.O. Box 205
Ringwood, NJ 07456-0205