Story by A.J. Arias
The Committee for Humane Geese Control made their voices heard once again at the Greenwood Lake Commission meeting on Wed., Sept. 26 at the West Milford Library. The Commission and Humane Geese Control committee members, Michele Shenker and Barbara Aarons, had another discussion on the most humane way possible to control Greenwood Lake’s geese population.
The debate started back in June when the Greenwood Lake Commission paid the USDA to come to the lake and take hundreds of Geese to kill as well as oil their eggs as an attempt to control the geese population and assist in solving its high phosphorus levels.
The committee and the commission came to an agreement that the committee could make a presentation on their findings for the most humane and effective ways to deal with the geese at next month’s meeting on Wed., Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Greenwood Lake Senior Center, located at 132 Windermere Ave. in Greenwood Lake.
Commission Sponsored Studies
The G.L. Commission has sponsored multiple studies in the last few months to look into issues with pollution in Greenwood Lake’s Belcher’s Creek as well as other areas of the lake. Studies were funded with a recent grant of $90,000 from the Highlands Council and the securement of $20,000 of funding from Orange County, with an additional $30,000 coming in 2019. The Commission has been hard at work to try and find ways to solve the Lake’s high phosphorus and E-Coli levels.
A recent study done in the last month by Montclair State University continues to find concerning levels in the lake for both problem areas. The Commission is working with other groups and politicians to find funding to look into those issues.
Montclair State University will do another study in October as part of a four-year study they’ve been conducting on the lake. Additionally, Princeton Hydro will work on solving environmental issues in the coming months.
Commission co-chair Paul Zarrillo has been meeting with Assemblymen and State Senators in Trenton, NJ to secure a large funding bill for the lake that could help solve a lot of its problems.
Dock Numbering Program
Commission co-chair Floyd DeAngelo presented a map to Commission members with a preliminary draft of a dock numbering system that could be used around the New York side of Greenwood Lake. Drawn up by the Orange County Assessor’s Office, the detailed map is one of the first steps on the Commission’s goal to implement a dock numbering program.
The program is intended to help law enforcement locate emergencies on the lake as quickly as possible. It calls for each dock around the lake to have a number with a corresponding address which will be given to law enforcement. This would allow people in an emergency to provide a detailed description of their location if they were ever in need of help on the lake.
The Commission’s next step in the process is to work with Passaic County so that they can match Orange County’s map to complete the numbering system around the entire lake.