Lawmakers, marina owners lobby for funds to fight algae blooms, keep lakes open in summer

Harmful algae bloom

DAVID M. ZIMMER / NORTHJERSEY.COM – Government officials and marina owners met on the frozen shore of Greenwood Lake on Thursday to lobby for emergency funds to prevent another summer marred by algae blooms.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced late last year that the state would administer a $13 million grant program to allow lake communities to tackle the algae program that triggered no-swimming advisories and economic struggles at North Jersey’s largest lakes in 2019.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer lauded the grant program Thursday but called for a mid-year appropriations package from Trenton to provide the target communities with the matching funding needed to participate in the grant initiative …

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