Lake Hopatcong Refilling Starts Dec. 1 Due to 'Moderate Drought'

Fresh from the drawdown, a 90-day dry spell didn't help the lake.

File Photo
File Photo

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced last week that the state will begin refilling Lake Hopatcong a little earlier than planned
on Dec. 1. 

Officials say the early refilling is needed because of the current 90-day dry spell that the region has been experiencing. A recent National Drought Monitor indicator identifies northern New Jersey as D1, which means experiencing moderate drought.

The lake was drawn down five feet last September as is standard practice every five years. On Nov. 9, a volunteer community cleanup removed a large amount of debris that became visible and retrievable after the drawdown.

Hopatcong State Park personnel are communicating with permit holders around the lake to inform them of the early refill so they have adequate time to adjust their work schedules, according to a state DEP statement.

bob November 26, 2013 at 06:05 PM
my well dried up they say the lake has nothing to do with it but there full of it
bob November 26, 2013 at 08:48 PM
they should post a recent pic of the lake and not the one they have on here now ... I have some if they want any
Jean Burk-Ujvary November 27, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Bob - Interesting you are the third person that has mentioned their well is dry. I have to agree I have never heard anyone of the people I know having well issues prior to this year.
bob November 28, 2013 at 08:19 PM
well if the lake draw down has nothing to do with people having problems with there wells then why did I see a well being drilled on lake side and also I have seen a few people hooking into town water all within the past 2 weeks
bob November 28, 2013 at 08:23 PM
enless with the sewers going in has depleated the ground because the water from septics are not going back into the ground it being pumped out of here. when they put in sewers they should have ran water mains down the streets that don't have them. there should never be a well drilled where there is a sewer line just my 2 cents


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