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Lake Hopatcong Lake Hopatcong

Lake HopatcongSize and Location:  Lake Hopatcong is the largest freshwater lake in New Jersey.  It is located in the northern part of the state, on the border of Morris and Sussex Counties.

Why is it Important to Protect Lake Hopatcong?

  • Lake Hopatcong is an essential economic asset for its surrounding communities.  An estimated 500,000 visitors use Lake Hopatcong's recreational facilities each year.

  • Lake Hopatcong provides a setting for variety of recreational activities, such as  fishing, boating, swimming, sailing and jet skiing.  These activities, as well as general aesthetics, are jeopardized by declining water quality.

  • Lake Hopatcong is a designated emergency source of drinking water for local municipalities.

How is EPA Involved?

EPA provides funding ($400,000 as a result of a congressional line item in the appropriation of the FY98 budget)  and technical support to the Lake Hopatcong Regional Planning Board.  The Borough of Mt. Arlington and Roxbury Township are using this funding to implement two major storm basin rehabilitations.  Drainage upgrades are also planned in the Borough of Hopatcong and Jefferson Township. 

What are the Major Environmental Issues Facing the Lake?

The most important environmental issue facing Lake Hopatcong at this time is the flow of nonpoint source pollution into the lake.  Nonpoint source pollution in the form of stormwater runoff is the main source of excessive phosphorus and suspended solid loading to Lake Hopatcong, which can increase plant growth and decrease water quality.  Efforts to protect the lake's water quality is focused on reducing the nonpoint source pollution load to the lake.

Who are the Stakeholders?

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Lake Hopatcong Regional Planning Board Exit EPA disclaimer | Borough of Mt. Arlington Exit EPA disclaimer | Roxbury Township Exit EPA disclaimer| Borough of Hopatcong Exit EPA disclaimer | Jefferson Township Exit EPA disclaimer

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