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Meeting Dates set for 2021

Updated 5/1/2021

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NJ COLA Press Release 10/1/20

Governor Murphy has signed S908/A2480, which clarifies the law related to voluntary and mandatory community associations. The Planned Real Estate Development Full Disclosure Act (“PREDFDA”) was amended in 2017, establishing that residents in private communities are members of the association. Attempts to modify PREDFDA to exclude private lake associations from its provisions were sponsored by District 24 representatives Oroho, Wirths and Space and District 27 representative Webber.

The Governor vetoed the legislation, recognizing the attempt to shield certain property owners who objected to contributing, but noting that “the interests of these property owners must be carefully balanced against the interests of all other parties, including those property owners who have previously been contributing to their associations.”  The Governor emphasized the need to “safeguard the ability of lake associations to collect funds necessary to comply with critical environmental, health, and safety requirements.” The legislation was passed with the Governor’s changes to the bill, which clarified that associations could not impose mandatory fees based solely on the 2017 PREDFDA amendments but could continue to do so if there was another “basis at law.” This allows private lake associations to continue to pursue mandatory assessments under any other basis at law, including title documents of record.

Ernest Hofer, President of the New Jersey Coalition of Lake Associations, praised the Governor’s action in resisting the legislators’ attempts to limit the ability of private lake associations to maintain their lakes and natural resources. “Governor Murphy continues to acknowledge that the demands on lake communities, including compliance with state environmental regulations, require that all who benefit from living in these lake communities should pay their fair share to maintain them.”

Details for May 22 Zoom Meeting

I am pleased to advise that NJCOLA will host its first Member meeting of 2021 on May 22, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, via Zoom. (Attendance will be limited via invitations to our member organizations.)  Further details along with an Agenda will be issued within the week.    

It is with great pleasure that I announce three outstanding speakers and their presentation topics:

First, I will be privileged to introduce a true visionary, Dr. A. Richard DeLuca, the founder of NJCOLA approximately 40 years ago. In partial fulfillment of requirements for Dr. DeLuca’s Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, he wrote a paper entitled, “The Anatomy of a Lake Community.” The paper examined the management practices of selected lakes in the State of New Jersey along with relevant research topics. Many of the prevailing conditions and lake needs that were prevalent at that time are also true and prevalent today.  Dr. DeLuca has an outstanding professional / business profile including many awards and honors.  He chaired the Business Division of Bloomfield College while earning his Ph.D. at New York University and he has held numerous executive positions in the business world during his professional career.

Second, I will introduce Dr. Stephanie Smith from the Xylem Corporation.  Dr. Smith will address fundamental lake water-quality parameters including typical quality metrics and advanced instrumentation sensors, as well as major lake treatment issues and concerns. Xylem provides a wide range of products and systems for the water, wastewater, environmental, food and beverage, and many process industries.

Third, Dr. Fred Lubnow, Director of Aquatics Programs at Princeton Hydro, with whom many of you are already acquainted through NJCOLA, will address  “Cyanotoxin monitoring and management in NJ”.   Fred has more than 25 years’ experience in aquatic and watershed management, restoration ecology, ecosystems, data measurement and modeling analysis, and report writing, as well as expertise in many other highly skilled subject areas.

Additional meeting details to follow. Have a great day.


Ernest Hofer PE

President, NJCOLA

HAB (Harmful Algal Blooms)

BASIS FOR THE NJDEP 2020 HAB ALERT LEVELS by Randall Sprague and Ernest Hofer  6/3/20

NJDEP held a Microsoft Teams meeting on May 21 to explain the new HAB Alert Levels. Ernie Hofer and I attended that May 21 NJDEP meeting, which was by invite only. The session was simultaneous with NJDEP issuing a press release of the new HAB alert levels. By now most of you have likely seen the below NJDEP table for 2020 HAB Alert Tiers, which was published in many newspapers.

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State Fiscal Year 2019 Grants to Prevent, Mitigate and/or Control Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) Project Descriptions  by Emily McGuckin AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador      5/16/20

In 2019, many New Jersey lakes including a few reservoirs experienced significant algal blooms that impacted economic, recreational, and community environments. To address the crisis, the State of New Jersey approved grants totaling $2.5 million plus a matching portion of 33% to undertake experimental programs to be centered on the development of up to 15 emerging and innovative lake water treatment approaches. Continue reading article on approved grants.


LMCC Awarded the NJDEP Grant to Prevent, Mitigate and /or Control Harmful Algal Blooms!!!  In response to the 2019 Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) experienced by numerous lakes in New Jersey, the Governor initiated a total of $2.5 million in grant funding to improve water quality this year.  

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To learn more about other 2019 funded grants awarded by the DEP to “Prevent, Mitigate and/or Control Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)”, go to the DEP website.

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