Story by A.J. Arias
The Greenwood Lake Commission met on Wed., Apr. 25 and reported that there were no injuries or major pollution following a stump buster boat flip that occurred on the lake on Sun., Apr. 22. The boat incident occurred on the east shore of the lake on the New Jersey side.
The boat was owned by Mark Johnson and was a brand new vessel on its second outing, according to the Commission. Commissioner Floyd DeAngelo said that cleanup following the incident went very well. DeAngelo, Eric Hastings, George Vurno, and Paul Sullivan, were all present and represented the Commission in assisting with the cleanup following the incident.
Don’t Feed the Ducks
Commissioner Micki Lees called for signs to place around the lake to request that people not feed the ducks. Bread, according to Lees, is especially harmful to the lake as well as to the ducks. Bread offers very little nutritional value to ducks and can be very harmful to their digestive systems, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
The Commission agreed to look into the matter and research potential signs that can be placed around the lake to let people know about the dangers of feeding ducks bread. It is illegal to feed ducks on the New Jersey side of the lake and violators can be subject to very heavy fines.
Clean-up Day Rescheduled
Commissioner Lees had to reschedule her planned lake clean-up due to cold weather and snow. The clean-up has being rescheduled for Sat., May 12. The Commission is making an effort to get the word out for the event to be lake wide.
Lees wants to make sure the water is warm enough for volunteers to go out onto the lake safely. Cold water shock is a definite danger as the weather slowly warms up, according to Lees. She is planning on using her connections in the area to get the word out about the event.
Herbicide Project Only for New Jersey Residents
Commission co-chair Paul Zarrillo is currently advertising and looking for donations for an herbicide project on the New Jersey side of the lake. It was brought up during the meeting that advertising for the project does not make it clear that this project is only for New Jersey residents.
The Village of Greenwood Lake is looking to carry out their own project for the New York side through the Village Board. If New York residents would still like to donate to the cause to help with clean up on the New Jersey side of the lake, they are welcome but they cannot fill out an application to get the service done on the New York side of the lake.
The Greenwood Lake Commission will hold their next meeting on Wed., May 23 at 7 p.m. at the West Milford Library, located at 1470 Union Valley Rd. in West Milford, NJ.