Editorial: After Lake Hopatcong, it’s time for NJ to step up and deal with algae blooms

Algae

NORTHJERSEY.COM – Lake Hopatcong, for generations a popular, inland summer playground for New Jersey families, is now under siege from a devastating and harmful algae bloom, one that has closed the lake to swimming and other water-related activities. What is happening at Hopatcong, as well as other lakes and waterways in the region, can be taken as a cautionary tale about the use of backyard fertilizers carried by stormwater runoff, as well as one more depressing sign of global climate change.

While the occurrence of some blue-green algae in area lakes is somewhat common this time of year, the Lake Hopatcong bloom is historic, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection, and “the first of this magnitude in New Jersey.” …

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