The Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation (LMPF) held its first annual Paddle for Clean Water educational kayak tour on Saturday, June 22nd.
Paddlers embarked on their tour from Happy Valley Beach. They traveled to the south end of Lake Mohawk after a light breakfast and an informative safety check and demonstration lead by Rich Carlson of the Lake Mohawk Marine Police, and including members from the US Coast Guard Auxiliary based on Lake Hopatcong. Over 30 community members joined in the event with participants including men, women, and children of all ages with water vessels not limited to kayaks.
“We were so fortunate to have such a beautiful morning with smooth waters,” commented Marie Cramer, Trustee and Event Chair, Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation. “It was such a pleasure to see families including children come out in support of the lake. With their involvement, we can be sure our message and mission will carry through to the next generation.”
The tour was lead by Craig Kalucki, Vice President of the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation. Kalucki covered topics such as various fish, swan and turtle species that can be found in and around the lake, as well as an overview of algal blooms. During the tour, Kalucki provided a brief history of Lake Mohawk, indicating various historical architectural elements along the paddler’s route. The importance of the preservation of the Wallkill Watershed and ways to prevent sediment buildup in Lake Mohawk were also topics of discussion and interest.
“Community environmental education is a cornerstone of LMPF’s mission. We are so grateful for the support and enthusiasm that we received from the community,” said Kalucki. “We look forward to growing our Paddle for Clean Water event for years to come.”
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