Volunteers are invited to help clean up the bottom of Lake Hopatcong during this fall’s five-foot water drawdown, which occurs every five years. The event on Saturday, November 3, is expected to involve hundreds of lake users and others concerned about the health of the state’s largest body of water.

The lowered water level exposes the lakebed along the shoreline, offering an opportunity to remove debris that was deliberately or accidentally dumped into the water. During the previous drawdown in 2013, more than 400 volunteers working from almost 40 different access points cleaned out thousands of pieces of trash (more than 23,000 pounds) that included a car dashboard, mannequin, lawn mower, and silverware.

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is again sponsoring the clean-up day, in partnership with the Lake Hopatcong Commission, Morris and Sussex County Clean Communities programs, and local departments of public works in Hopatcong, Jefferson, Mt. Arlington, and Roxbury. Bridgestone will recycle tires pulled from the lake.

Foundation president Jessica Murphy recalled “that day five years ago as such an amazing experience, when hundreds of people were working across the miles of shoreline to achieve the same goal of making the lake cleaner.” She added, “It’s not only a great day for the lake environment; it’s also a lot of fun for those involved.”

Involvement can take various forms:

Team leaders – About 40-50 people needed.

Collection volunteers – Hundreds of volunteers; local groups and organizations are invited to assemble teams.

Access points – Lakefront home or business owners who can provide access points for volunteers can email the foundation’s grants and programs director, Donna Macalle-Holly, at donna@lakehopatcongfoundation.org.

For more information or to volunteer, visit lakehopatcongfoundation.org/cleanup2018 or contact the Lake Hopatcong Foundation at 973-663-2500.

The Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to protecting the lake environment and enhancing the lake experience by bringing together public and private resources to encourage a culture of sustainability and stewardship on and around New Jersey’s largest lake, for this and future generations.

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