Story by Shelley R. Clapper
The Greenwood Lake Commission discussed a variety of issues at their Board meeting on Wed., Oct. 25. Commissioner Dale Van Nimwegen presented the Treasurer’s report, saying that the commission had received the $84,350 grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The Commission used the grant to pay Siltbusters Dredging, LLC for the tree stump removal project.
Van Nimwegen also reported that the Commission has approximately $25,000 in the Lakeland Bank account and approximately $19,000 in the Sterling Bank account.
Commissioner Eric Pain, the representative from the New Jersey DEP, reported that the level of the lake was at nine feet and nine inches.
Montclair Clair State University Survey
New Jersey Co-chair Paul Zarrillo reported that 28 students and professors from Montclair State University were at the lake on Sat., Sept. 30 doing water quality studies. Zarrillo thanked the G.L. Marina for loaning them two boats and he also thanked the mayor for providing a police officer who captained one of the boats.
Zarrillo reported that the Commission needs to notify the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in December about their geese control plans. The Commission has two months to come up with the money to fund it. Zarrillo indicated that it would cost between $20,000 and $30,000 for the first year.
The company the Commission is looking to hire to complete the job has requested a three year commitment. The plan is to addle the eggs and to gather them up six weeks later. Addling involves temporarily removing fertilized eggs from the nest, testing for embryo development, terminating embryo development, and placing the egg back in the nest. The goose believes the eggs are still developing, preventing them from laying additional eggs.
New Tree Stump Fields
The Commission discussed the new floating tree stump fields. Zarrillo said that they would contact a stump removal company about removing it in December. The New Jersey DEP had financed the money directly to the Commission for the recent major stump removal project. Zarrillo said that this time the financing would not be given directly to the Commission.
Zarrillo announced that in November the Commission will sponsor workshops to review some ongoing projects and to formulate the future direction of the Commission and its work.
The next Commission meeting will be held on Wed., Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the West Milford Library, located at 1470 Union Valley Rd. in West Milford, NJ. The meeting, normally held on the second Wednesday of the month, has been rescheduled due to the Thanksgiving holiday.