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What You Can Do To Protect The Lake This Summer

Success! Earth Day 2018 Gratitude.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Lake Mohawk Celebrates Earth Day community cleanup in April. Look for pictures and more information in the next issue of the Papoose. Many thanks to Lake Mohawk Country Club for sponsoring our Friday registration and Volunteer reception!

Thank you to all who participated on a team or who gathered friends and neighbors to form a team! We also thank our sponsors. Our list at this printing includes Askin &Hooker, LLC, Attorneys at Law, Happy Valley Beach, Tanti Baci, Altaflo, Oticon, Realty Executives, Reliant Title, Byram Bus, and Simple Clean. Both our website and Facebook page have up to date information about our sponsors.

We hope you stay excited about protecting our community’s lakes, rivers, and aquifers. As you enjoy summer activities around the Lake Mohawk, consider bringing an empty bag with you to pick up litter along the way. Keep in mind that cigarette filters are non-biodegradable and pollute our paths, streets, beaches and waterways. We encourage you to place them in a container so that they can be discarded in the trash.


This past winter was a particularly rough one, with lots of late snow. When roads are plowed, salt is spread along with grit. Spring is a time for the roads to be swept in order to prevent this grit and sand from entering our lakes through the storm drains. Picking up visible trash prevents it from entering our lakes.

Homeowners play a role in keeping sediment out of our lakes. Runoff from lawns, roofs and driveways carries sediment and nutrients into our lakes. To prevent this you can collect rainwater in barrels, plant a rain garden, or slow down fast moving water in a stone trench. Sediment will collect on the water’s edge wherever water drains directly into the lake. Stone trenches are used throughout the reservation to move water. They can be seen along West Shore Trail, Woodbine Terrace and between Fairway Trail and the Golf Club property. These trenches help remove sediment as water flows through them before draining into the lake. To be most effective, they are cleaned out periodically.

Rain gardens capture water from an impervious surface and allow water to out filter slowly into the ground. They can minimize flooding and erosion on small Lake Mohawk properties. Rain gardens are better than lawns at helping the ground absorb water and can decrease pollutants entering our lakes by as much as 30 percent. Even a small rain garden in the right location can make a big difference! A rain garden resembles a typical garden, although it is planted slightly below grade. A variety of grasses, wildflowers, and woody plants-specifically native plants- are used as they have adapted to our New Jersey climate. Native plants require minimal maintenance once they are established.

The Preservation Foundation planted a demonstration rain garden toward the end of the boardwalk near the spillway. It will soon begin to show summer colors. Take a look and consider how a rain garden will fit in your landscape. For more information about rain gardens and to learn about our workshops and events, go here.  Information can also be found on our Facebook page for Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation. Alternately, you may email queries to our trustees at

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