A feature story on the Lake Hopatcong WATER SCOUTS will air daily for two weeks on Cablevision’s “Neighborhood Journal” beginning Sunday, July 25 on channel 78 in Morris County including Hopatcong Borough and Passaic County as well as channel 118 in Bergen County. The program will run at 8:00am, 10:30am, 2:30pm, 6:30pm and 10:30pm.
The Cablevision program will highlight the Lake Hopatcong WATER SCOUTS’ effort, led by the Knee Deep Club (KDC), to identify and, eradicate Water Chestnut (trapa natans), an extremely aggressive, non-native aquatic plant that could rapidly take over a waterbody. The WATER SCOUTS are volunteer paddlers (kayakers and canoeists) that come from various groups including the Knee Deep Club, Lake Hopatcong Commission (LHC), Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club, Garden State Yacht Club, Lake Hopatcong Antique & Classic Boats Society, Homestead Beach Association and individual concerned members of the lake community.
According to Tim Clancy, KDC WATER SCOUTS project leader and long-time lake advocate, “The best defense to keep Water Chestnut out of Lake Hopatcong today and in the future is to diligently educate the public on what the plant looks like and, if found on the Lake, to immediately notify the LHC or KDC. The Cablevision program is part of an outreach effort to educate the public about an invasive species that may ultimately wreak havoc on recreational activities on the Lake because its spreads so rapidly.”
The Lake Hopatcong Commission is a quasi-independent New Jersey State Commission founded in 2001 to protect the natural resources of the State’s largest lake.
The Knee Deep Club is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the natural resources of Lake Hopatcong.
Lake Hopatcong is a 9-mile-long lake in the northwest part of New Jersey on the borders of Sussex and Morris Counties. The 2658-acre lake with nearly 40 miles of shoreline is a major recreational center and one of the best freshwater fishing locations on the East Coast. The lake is also an emergency source of drinking water during declared drought emergencies.