TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Environment Committee today approved Assemblyman Jay Webber’s legislation (A3804) creating a fund to preserve New Jersey’s second largest lake.
“Greenwood Lake is a great natural, economic, and recreational resource for New Jersey, including the lake’s supplying more than 3 million of our residents with drinking water daily,” said Webber (R-Morris). “Establishing an annual funding dedication to this scenic waterway and reservoir water-supply will ensure the lake is preserved and protected now and for many years to come.”
An interstate waterway, the lake stretches nine miles and straddles the border of New Jersey and New York. It feeds the Monksville and Wanaque Reservoirs, the major sources of drinking water in northern New Jersey. It is an important recreational destination for boaters, fishers, and swimmers. The southern portion of the lake in West Milford Township is shallow and has been plagued by the collection of sediment and weed growth that hurts water quality and boat navigation.
Webber’s legislation commits $500,000 annually from existing boat registration and renewal fees. The fund will be used to preserve, maintain, and enhance the New Jersey side of the lake.
“This will put resources directly toward environmental enhancement of the waterway, including water-quality improvement and weed harvesting,” said Webber. “Greenwood Lake deserves preservation, and the New Jersey Greenwood Lake Fund commits our state to that important priority.”