Story by A.J. Arias
The Greenwood Lake Commission met on Wed., May 22 at the West Milford Township Library for their monthly meeting and continued to make a last ditch effort to reach out to the community for support for New Jersey State Assembly Bill A-3804. The Bill would give the Greenwood Lake Commission $500,000 in annual funding to assist in their clean up efforts on Greenwood Lake.
The Commission currently has several projects on hold in hopes of more funding including a proper clean up of Belcher’s Creek and efforts to clean up the muck in the south end of the lake.
The Bill has already passed several state assembly committees by unanimous decision and is currently sitting in the Appropriations Committee, one of the largest committees in New Jersey’s State Assembly that only meets a few times a year.
The Committee will meet two more times this year and the dates of those meeting are yet to be set at the time of print. All of the State Assembly is up for re-election this coming November meaning that this Bill could easily be sent all the way back to the start if elections don’t go in favor of the Bill.
The most effective means of helping the Bill move along is by calling the Assembly members on the committee and asking them to support the Bill. They are: Chairman John Burzichelli, Gary Schaer, Herb Conaway, Wayne P. DeAngelo, Gabriela M. Mosquera, Ryan E. Peters, Eliana M. Pintor, Kevin Rooney, Cleopatra G. Tucker, Jay Webber, and Harold J. Wirths.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as well as volunteers from the Committee for Humane Geese Control addled eggs along the entirety of Greenwood Lake the past few weeks. The Volunteers addled 40 eggs on the New York side of the lake while the USDA addled seven eggs on the New Jersey side. The USDA’s survey of the lake found 62 geese on the lake down from about 300 last year.
The Commission and the volunteers from the committee have both agreed to discuss working together without the USDA next year, starting in the fall to work on geese control as a united community. Last year the USDA, which gets paid for profit, found 26 eggs on the entire lake with a geese population by their estimates of almost five times larger than it was this year when the volunteers found 40 on the New York side alone.
The Committee kindly asked Co-Chair Paul Zarrillo to accompany the USDA on their survey so that a third party was present throughout, to which Zarrillo agreed. The volunteers from the Committee said that they would be happy to do the efforts of geese management on both sides of the lake next year for only the funds that are needed and are not seeking a profit.
A letter from the Committee and the Commission went out to residents asking them to report nests if they see them so that they can be addled and gave more educational information on geese as a whole. The Commission has agreed to not allow the USDA to kill any geese this year.
The next Commission meeting will be held on at 7 p.m. on Wed., Jun. 26 at the Greenwood Lake Senior Center, located at 132 Windermere Ave. Greenwood Lake.