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Senate President Steve Sweeney toured Lake Hopatcong with Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Steve Oroho Thursday.
“It’s a bittersweet time to visit Lake Hopatcong because this lake was so important to my friend and colleague, the late Senator Tony Bucco,” Sweeney said. “He cared about this lake and I am honored to be able to get a deeper understanding of the issues with members of the Lake Hopatcong Commission, which his legislation created.”
An algae bloom closed the lake for most of July.
The three senators were joined by members of the Lake Hopatcong Commission, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and Frank Ludlow, the commission’s environmental consultant to better understand the chance such an algae bloom would recur in the future.
“Climate change is hitting New Jersey hard, and the algae bloom at Lake Hopatcong is just one warning sign,” Sweeney said. “With water temperatures at New Jersey’s largest lake rising 3 degrees over the last 20 years, it’s clear we need a coordinated state response to protect our lakes. Frankly, we need a sense of urgency to the issue of water quality all across our state.”