Latest News

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.

Last Meeting of 2021

Updated 11/2/2021

The last meeting of 2021 will be held on November 13, 2021 at the Lake Mohawk Country Club from 9AM to Noon.  This meeting will have featured speakers as well as the annual elections.  Please click here for the full agenda.

For descriptions of the candidates for the Officers and Board of Directors, please click here.

Sample ballots have been sent out, but you can also view a copy by clicking here.

Lifeguard Management Course

Updated 11/12/2021

The Red Cross will have a price increase on most of their courses beginning January 1st. About 20% which for most courses is about $2-3 only.  However, the Lifeguard Management course, which is about $120 may also go up.  This course is recommended for any and all Lifeguard Supervisors and facility managers. You do not have to be or been a lifeguard to take this online course. However, it does help. 

Please click here to read the full letter from R.D. Carlson Jr. 

Details of the course can be found by clicking here.

AED Article for Autumn 2021

Updated 10/07/2021

The Red Cross has sent some information to help store your AED properly for the winter.  Proper care is very important for the life of the device.  This article has tips for care as well as replacing or repairing devices.

Presentations from the 2021 Meetings

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.

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.  

Continue reading more about this grant and other HAB articles.

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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.