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New Jersey Lifeguard Legislation
Updated 07/14/2022

New Jersey has made permanent a change to lifeguard hours from 40 per week to 50 per week.  You can read more about some other areas this legislation changed by clicking here.

May 14 Agenda Update
Updated 05/10/2022

The agenda for our General Meeting on May 14, 2022 is now available. 

Our first speaker is April Simnor, Wildlife Biologist, USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services.  She will be discussing geese management in New Jersey.  If your lake has a goose population that has reached nuisance levels, April may have options for you. 

Our second speaker is Jake Schlenker of Couch Braunsdorf Insurance Group.  Jake will discuss various insurance issues relevant for lake associations, including coverage for dams, cyber security and avoiding threats, crime insurance, abuse and molestation coverage, sports programs and sports participation exclusions within insurance policies. 

Please click here for the full agenda. 

The meeting will be held at the Lake Mohawk Country Club.  Please click here for directions.

2022 Membership Form Available

Updated 05/03/2022

Exisitng members of NJCOLA should be receiveing their membership forms soon, if they have not already.  A copy is available by clicking here.  The fee is the same as previous years.

April 23 Agenda Update
Updated 04/14/2022

The agenda for our General Meeting on April 23, 2022 is now available. 

Stephen J. Souza, Ph.D., Clean Waters Consulting, LLC and Paul Sutphen, Clear Lake Technologies, LLC will present “Why is Septic-Related Phosphorus Loading Bad for My Lake and What Can Be Done About It?”

Richard D. Carlson, of the New Jersey Aquatic Safety Coalition will discuss the NJ Public Recreation Bathing Code and regulations related to the hiring of lifeguards and waterfront safety.

Please click here for the full agenda. 

The meeting will be held at the Lake Mohawk Country Club.  Please click here for directions.

Meeting Dates Set for 2022
Updated 03/31/2022

April 23
May 14
Sept 17
Nov 12

We will post more details about the meetings a few weeks before each one.

New Jersey Aquatic Safety Coalition Seminar

Updated 04/14/2022

The Sussex County YMCA is hosting a seminar for all Aquatic Facility operators, Waterfront Directors, and Lifeguard Supervisors on May 1, 2022 at 11AM.  Please join your fellow aquatic professionals to share information, ideas, and/or problems. They have not met since 2019!  Registration is open until April 25, 2022.

Please click here for more information.

Lifeguard Management Course Update

Updated 03/07/2022

Click here for Schedule

We've received some inquires over the past few months regarding the Lifeguard Management course.

This course is provided on line through the Red Cross and there is a discount code which can be provided to anyone who wishes to take this course. 

This course is recommended for any and all aquatic facility operators and managers and required by NJ Dept. of Health for any pool managers.

The cost to COLA members will be about $80 per person.  This program is open to COLA members only.  Documentation from the member lake attesting that the lifeguard is employed by them and covered by Workman's Compensation will be needed.

Lifeguards should also bring a copy of their certification and photo ID.  Checks should be made payable to Lake Mohawk Country Club.  Pre-registration is required. We ask for COLA members to make a first and second choice as LMCC staff will have preference.

A Google Form Sign Up list will be sent out on Monday, April 18th by Derek where managers can sign up their staff. For those interested in sending their Lifeguards, please email Derek Pivko at lmccwaterfront@gmail.com.

By the end of the month, we should also have a schedule for basic certification classes in Waterfront Lifeguarding and our In-Service Training schedule.

New Officers and Trustees Approved at the November 13, 2021 Meeting

Updated 11/13/2021

Please click here for the list of officers and directors for 2022.

Presentations from Recent Meetings

2022 Insurance Presentation by Jake Schlenker of Couch Braunsdorf Insurance Group

Click here to view the slides from Jake Schlenker's presentation on various insurance issues relevant for lake associations, including coverage for dams, cyber security and avoiding threats, crime insurance, abuse and molestation coverage, sports programs and sports participation exclusions within insurance policies. 

2022 Waterfront Presentation by Richard D. Carlson, New Jersey Aquatic Safety Coalition

Click here to view the slides from Richard D. Carlson's presentation on waterfront safety.  From lifeguards to boating regulations, Richard covers many important issues facing a lake's waterfront.

2022 Septic-Related Phosphorous Loading by Stephen J. Souza, Ph.D. Clean Waters Consulting

Click here to view the slides from Steve Souza discussing septic loading and how that impacts New Jersey lakes.

2022 Septic Waste Water Conditioning System by Paul Sutphen Clear Lake Technology, LLC

Click here to view the slides from Paul Sutphen's presentation on waste water conditioning.  He lays out a system to capture much of the phosphorous that leaves an intreated septic system.

2021 Legislative and Case Law Update by Eileen McCarthy Born, Esq., Dolan and Dolan, P.A., November 2021.

Click here to view the slides from a presentation about important legislation for lakes in New Jersey.  Requirements of board meetings and actions are covered in depth.

Onsite Wastewater Management Program, by Kerri Standowski, NJDEP Division of Water Quality Bureau of Ground Water, Residuals and Permit Administration (BGRPA), Ground Water Permitting and Onsite Unit, November 2021.

Click here to view the slides from a presentation.  The presentation covers the operation of septic systems and details on what can be done to bring systems up to date.

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Public-Private Approach to Lake and Watershed Management by Chris Mikolajczyk, CLM, Princeton Hydro, July 2021.

Click here to view the slides from a presentation from Chris Mikolajczyk of Princeton Hydro.  The presentation covers the basics of HABs and how government bodies and private lake associations are working together ot study the causes of HABs.  

Septic Management - Part of Your HAB Prevention Tool Box by Stephen Souza, Ph.D., Clean Waters Consulting, July 2021. 

Click here to view the presentation slides.

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NJCOLA hosted its first meeting of 2021 on May 22nd.  Three doctors gave presentations during the meeting and those are now available through our YouTube channel.

Dr. A. Richard DeLuca, the founder of NJCOLA approximately 40 years ago, gave a presentation on the history of NJCOLA and its importance for today.  Click here to view that presentation.

Dr. Stephanie Smith from the Xylem Corporation addressed 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.  Click here to view that presentation.

Dr. Fred Lubnow, Director of Aquatics Programs at Princeton Hydro, with whom many of you are already acquainted through NJCOLA, addressed “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.  Click here to view that presentation.

Click here to view a playlist of all three presentations.

General Information

NJCOLA Facebook Site is Live

NJCOLA has launched a Facebook site to help keep our membership updated to events related to our mission.  We will be posting updates about our website, meetings, and all issues facing New Jersey lakes.  Please "like" and "follow" our page to keep up to date on the latest news.

Insurance List

NJCOLA has compiled a list of insurance agents and companies that are known to the New Jersey area.  This list is not a complete listing of all insurance carriers in the state.  If you are looking for lake insurance or alternatives to an existing policy, this list may help you get started.  Please click here to view the information.

Grant Opportunity for Public Lakes

Is your lake public? If so, this may be for you.

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Water Quality Restoration Grants Program has issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) of up to $10 million dollars for qualified public lake management entities to address stormwater and nonpoint source pollution management and infrastructure needs on affected waterbodies that would directly maintain, enhance, improve or protect the variety of recreational and conservation activities currently available at these public lakes. The project proposal submission deadline is Saturday May 28, 2022.

https://www.nj.gov/dep/wlm/grants/lakestormwater.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery