Its been 6 weeks since we were closed based on a NJDEP HAB (harmful; algal bloom) test. We were asked not to retest until the algae bloom completely dissipated. This bloom was persistent because of repeated heavy rain events washing new nutrients into the lake throughout September. Now that the lake is back to normal, we’ve asked the DEP to retest and we expect to be cleared by the NJ DoH soon.
Tests for HABs is a new thing. We’ve always tested well for the weekly bacteria tests the state requires. But HAB tests will become more frequent, so we have to take aggressive measures to reduce the nutrients coming into our lake, e.g., support of a town septic pumping ordinance and filtering at those inlets which we have tested to be our worst source of phosphorus. Our members can also help by pumping septic tanks every three years, using bio friendly washing liquids (Seventh Generation and Natures Promise), using less lawn fertilizer and mulch, and keeping storm drains clear.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation.