Story by Shelley R. Clapper
At the beginning of the Greenwood Lake Bi-State Commission meeting on Wed., Mar. 29 Commissioner and Treasurer Dale Van Nimwegen presented a draft of the Commission’s Annual Report for 2016.
The report contains information about the Commission’s achievements for 2016, future plans, detailed financial information, and commissioner and general contact information. Van Nimwegen wrote in the draft report that firstly the commission had established and reinforced partnerships with local, county and state organizations and institutions of higher education to advance the lake and watershed knowledge.
Secondly, she wrote that the Commission implemented projects to enhance water quality and improve lake safety, and develop and identify additional projects that if implemented, will make a substantial positive impact on the lake area and environment.
The report also states that the Commission commenced a focused effort to ensure successful funding of initiatives going forward. Van Nimwegen asked the commissioners if they could provide any suggestions or feedback promptly as she intended to publish the report by Mon., Apr. 3. The report will also be published on the Commission’s website. Co-chairs George Vurno and Paul Zarrillo commended her on doing “a great job.”
Lake Level Report
Commissioner Eric Pain from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection reported that the level of the lake was at ten feet and seven inches.
“While I was away there were some outflow problems. The outflow was lower than the minimum. I don’t know what caused it,” said Pain.
Instead of the usual outflow of three million gallons the outflow had been reduced to one million gallons. He speculated that the problem may have been caused by a faulty gauge.
“As the water recedes I will see if something is jamming or blocking it,” said Pain.
Lake Level Management Plan
Pain said that he was working on improvements to the Greenwood Lake Commission’s Lake Drawdown Management Plan for future drawdowns. At the previous commission meeting, which took place in February, some of the improvements that Pain had suggested were: providing the plan with more scientific support such as information determining whether the drawdown has any effect on invasive aquatic species; more specificity on drawdown start and end dates; and putting into the plan the procedure for applying for permits for dock and bulkhead work.
Pain reminded the commissioners that they need to take training in ethics compliance and fill out a questionnaire on outside employment.
Bid for Stump Removal Project Opened
During the meeting, the envelope containing the bid for the stump removal project was opened. Zarrillo announced that the bid was from Silt Busters Dredging Service. He said that no other bids had been received. The New Jersey D.E.P. had given the commission $84,350 for the removal of an estimated 1,000 hazardous tree stumps on the New Jersey side of the lake.
Co-chair Paul Zarrillo reported that 21 people had taken the boat license course on Sun., Feb, 26 at the West Milford Airport in West Milford. Zarrillo thanked Tim Wagner from the airport who had donated the room.
The next meeting will be held on Wed., Apr 26 at 7 p.m. in the Greenwood Lake Senior Center, located at 132 Windermere Ave. in Greenwood Lake.