The Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization proudly focused on enabling the conservation initiatives of our community to protect and improve the water quality of Lake Mohawk and the greater Wallkill River watershed. It is our goal to not only preserve the water quality of the beautiful community lakes we all enjoy but in doing so also preserve the lakeside lifestyle that is so dearly cherished. For many, generations of families have had the privilege to grow and grow old alongside the natural beauty of our community lakes. Through this foundation, we wish to enable this community’s ability to thrive alongside these precious bodies of water for generations to come.
Our ability to support our lakes comes largely in the form of fundraising and educational community events. As the devastating impacts of COVID-19 rippled across all industries, nonprofit organizations such as the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation were not spared. This pandemic has greatly inhibited our ability to conduct such events, and your continued support is requested to further our mission.
In previous years, the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation has positively impacted Lake Mohawk and the Wallkill River watershed with the community’s generous support. Together, we have conducted six Earth Day community clean-ups, prohibiting garbage, and debris from entering these bodies of water. To this day we estimate 180 bags of trash have been collected, amounting to 7,000 lbs of garbage and recyclables that have been properly disposed of.
We have also supported the preservation of our lake water quality through partnerships with LMCC and the Lake Mohawk Fishing Club. A grant was awarded and delivered to LMCC for Secchi disks, which measure the transparency of the water and give us a template to correct future obstacles, regarding the integrity of our lake water quality. In both 2018 and 2020, we awarded and delivered grants to the Lake Mohawk Fishing Club for the restocking of Hybrid Stripers. Hybrid Stripers are a vital component of lake food webs and make a positive impact on the overall lake ecosystem by keeping algae in check. This restocking was recommended and supported as part of the lake management plan developed by Princeton Hydro for improving and maintaining overall water quality.
With the community’s contributions, we are proud to have had the opportunity to support the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group with several tree planting initiatives. In the spring of 2019, the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation awarded and delivered a grant to the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group who is in the process of installing 12,000 native trees along the banks of the Wallkill River, in the area of Sparta’s own Station Park. We also awarded and delivered a grant to plant 105 native trees along the Wallkill River at the Wallkill NWR Canoe Launch site on Route 565 in Vernon. None of this would be possible without the generous support from our donors.
Our educational initiatives are exemplified through our demonstration Rain Garden installation, and our various educational events including our Annual Kayak Tours, Environmental Expo, and the Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) Expert Panel, jointly sponsored by the New Jersey Highlands Coalition, the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC). This past summer we partnered with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to offer virtual environmental themed presentations for area residents.
You may have enjoyed the site of our demonstration rain garden installation during a stroll down the LMCC boardwalk. The boardwalk demonstration rain garden was installed by Peggy Laddey and Eagle Scout, Tim Clauss, in 2015 at the end of the boardwalk near the spillway. This installation inhibits excess nutrients and contaminants from entering our lake and headwaters. In previous years, we have also brought together certified rain garden designers to speak on the environmental benefits of rain garden installations in our community.
In light of COVID-19, we are more dependent than ever on the support of donors like you to continue upholding the integrity of our lakes.
With your support in the upcoming year, together we will continue to advance the preservation and conservation initiatives of our friends at the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, the Lake Mohawk Watershed Management Group, the Lake Mohawk Board of Trustees, and the Lake Mohawk Fishing Club. We ask you to join us in continuing to build on the positive momentum we have actively been working towards over these past years. With your support, we know that Lake Mohawk and the Wallkill Watershed will retain its sustained beauty and be enjoyed by families for generations to come.
Please consider making an end of year contribution.
As a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization and your donations and underwriting support are, in general, tax-deductible. Donations can be made by check to Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation, 21 The Boardwalk, or through PayPal on our website LakeMohawkPF.org/Donate/. Every donation has a positive impact. Help us to make a difference in our community today.
Thank you for your continued support.
William P. Askin, Esq.
President, Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation