The Lake Hopatcong Foundation won a Clean Water Stewardship Award at the Morris County MUA 2019 Environmental Excellence Awards.

The Foundation received the award for its leadership role in organizing the 2018 Lake Hopatcong community cleanup in conjunction with the 60-inch drawdown of Lake Hopatcong. The drawdown provides a chance to access the lakebed around the shorelines. During the cleanup, more than 400 volunteers logged an excess of 1,200 hours collecting debris from 50+ access points around the lake’s nearly 50 miles of shoreline. Volunteers collected debris including 4,000 drink containers, 300 plastic bags, 175 toys, 150 articles of clothing, and more than 800 tires.

“Morris County Clean Communities has been a great supporter of the Lake Hopatcong community,” said Lake Hopatcong Foundation Grants and Program Director Donna Macalle-Holly. “We graciously accept this award on behalf of the Foundation, our project partners, and the hundreds of volunteers who made the cleanup a huge success.”

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation and the Lake Hopatcong Commission coordinated the cleanup with grant funding from the Morris and Sussex County Clean Communities programs, as well as the MetLife Foundation. Departments of Public Works from Jefferson, Hopatcong, Mount Arlington, and Roxbury removed the collected debris. Hopatcong’s Fire Departments cleaned the tires, which were then recycled by Bridgestone’s Tires4ward Program and the Morris County Mosquito Commission.

Morris County District Recycling Coordinator and Awards Program Emcee Liz Sweedy said, “The Morris County MUA has partnered with the Lake Hopatcong Foundation on various projects, and we appreciate working with the Foundation to achieve common goals in improving water quality and preserving natural resources.”

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