Story by Shelley R. Clapper
Greenwood Lake Bi-State Commissioner and Treasurer Dale Van Nimwegen gave a report on her research on three crowd funding organizations at the Greenwood Lake Bi-State Commission meeting in May. These crowd funding organizations could help to raise funds for the commission.
The organizations are Kickstarter, Indiegogo and GoFundMe. Van Nimwegen explained that Kickstarter uses creative ideas to crowd fund. She provided an example of how the commission could use Kickstarter, such as by having a photography show of lake photos to raise funds for the commission.
Van Nimwegen also spoke about a second crowdfunding company called Indiegogo that funds entrepreneurial ideas. For example, the Commission could set up a campaign for a navigational survey. GoFundMe is a website that enables online crowd funding. Examples of its use are for a small business start-up or to help with a family tragedy.
Van Nimwegen said that GoFundMe is for short term use and that the Commission could use it to do something specific with a short-term window.
“These three tools are a way to access people who are interested in supporting projects and supporting the environment,” said Van Nimwegen, who speculates that the Commission could raise $20,000 to 30,000 with these crowd funding tools.
During public comment, Steve Bryan from South Shore Marina asked the Commission if they would be interested in running, as a fundraiser, the Greenwood Lake Triathalon, together with the Village of Greenwood Lake. He suggested that they could charge $200 per participant and vendors could also be charged a fee.
N.Y. D.E.C. Representative Change
At the beginning of the meeting, the regular New York Department of Environmental Conservation (D.E.C.) representative Michael Flaherty introduced Kathy Ahlers as the new representative. Flaherty explained that they will be alternating attendance at the Commission’s monthly meetings. New Jersey co-chair Paul Zarrillo commented, “My only objection is a loss of continuity.”
Flaherty responded what the Commission will gain are very different perspectives by having two representatives from the D.E.C. Flaherty explained that while Ahlers is from the section that regulates environmental quality, he is from the natural resources section.
Flaherty also said that he had spoken to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection about managing the fisheries in Greenwood Lake. He said that he wanted to do a survey of the lake and see what the fish population is. He said that there had been a bass virus infection a few years ago and that the bass never returned.
Lake Level Report
Commissioner Eric Pain, from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, reported that the lake’s water level, which is at ten feet and two inches, is similar to the level at the last Commission meeting.
“When it reaches ten feet I have to keep an eye on it,” said Pain, who added that he planned to propose an annual two foot water drawdown in the lake management plan which he is working on.
Morahan Grant & Stump Reduction
In matters of old business, Van Nimwegen reported that there is a possibility of requesting an extension for the remaining $18,349 from the Thomas P. Morahan Grant until June 2018. She said that the Commission would have to provide a list of projects that they intend to use it for, such as hydro raking, herbicide application, sediment removal, and filter replacement.
Also during the meeting the Commission discussed and then decided that August would be the best time to do the stump reduction project.
Free Vessel Safety Check
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is sponsoring a free vessel safety check on Sun., Jul. 16, and Sun., Aug. 20 at the Sportsman’s Marina, located at 330 Lakeside Rd. in Hewitt, NJ. For more information call the Commission at (973) 506-7800 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next boating license course is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 13 at the West Milford Airport, located at 126 Airport Rd. in West Milford.
The next Commission meeting will take place on Wed., Jun 28 at 7 p.m. at the Greenwood Lake Senior Center, located at 132 Windermere Ave. in Greenwood Lake.