PASSAIC COUNTY – At the March 13, 2018 meeting of the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, a resolution was unanimously approved awarding a $30,000 grant to the Greenwood Lake Commission for ongoing efforts to improve Greenwood Lake and ensure it remains a viable tourism destination for the region. Greenwood Lake is New Jersey’s second largest public lake and contributes a significant portion of the potable drinking water to the Wanaque Reservoir, serving approximately 3.5 million residents in New Jersey. Greenwood Lake is a year round tourism destination offering an array of recreational activities, including boating, fishing, skating, and snowmobiling. Additionally, it directly supports a number of small business in the area and is a vital part of the local economy in West Milford.
“The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders is committed to ensuring that Greenwood Lake has the funds necessary to protect this invaluable drinking source for our residents,” stated Passaic County Freeholder Director Cassandra “Sandi” Lazzara. “Moreover, as a popular tourist destination in New Jersey, it is vital that Greenwood Lake is appropriated sufficient funds to grow our local economy and support the many small businesses in Passaic County dependent on its health.”
Greenwood Lake is managed by the Greenwood Lake Commission, a bi-state agency with appointed members from New Jersey and New York. The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders provided ongoing support to the Greenwood Lake Commission over the last five years, and aided in a number of improvement projects, including the following efforts:
- The removal of over 1,000 stumps which pose a hazard to boaters and jet skiers;
- Acquisition of water quality testing equipment;
- Surveys and studies of the lake;
- Removal of invasive plant species; and
- Helping to grow the resident sponsored herbicide program.
“Ongoing financial support to Greenwood Lake is vital to the local economy in West Milford, creating jobs, supporting small businesses, and anchoring a number of restaurants in West Milford,” stated Passaic County Freeholder Terry Duffy. “I will continue to be a strong advocate for Greenwood Lake and ensure that this vital source of drinking water for all New Jersey residents is protected.”