The harmful algal blooms appeared in July, when New Jersey authorities issued an advisory against swimming in coves around West Milford. The lake spans both New Jersey and New York, but blooms were found only on the New Jersey side, which is much shallower. The toxin levels sampled were exceedingly high in July.
Because addressing the blooms will require maintenance efforts on both sides of the state line, I have asked for a Legislative resolution requiring the states work jointly on a remedy to the blooms.
I have spoken with New York elected and environmental authorities, and I will share a draft of our resolution so that they can introduce a similar measure in their Legislature.
I already have legislation pending, A-5078, which I introduced in February to require the state to annually appropriate $4 million through Fiscal Year 2034 for tourism promotion and development activities at both Greenwood Lake and Lake Hopatcong. Additionally, I have introduced A-4348 to establish West Milford as an Urban Enterprise Zone, which will help boost local businesses by reducing sales and use taxes.
I also have co-sponsored legislation, A-3804, which will create an annual allotment of $500,000 for maintenance at Greenwood Lake, similar to that already in place for Lake Hopatcong.
We need to urge my fellow legislators and the Governor to move forward my proposed legislation, as well as the bills already introduced, forward. I have provided names and contact information in the What We Can Do section of this newsletter.