Posted Friday, June 21st, 2019

Limited Space: Sign Up Now for Outdoor Event in Mountain Lakes

How often have you wondered about the the water quality of your local lakes or rivers? Are they “clean” because they have been chemically treated and, if so, is that good for local residents and the critters that share our waterways?

Naturalist Peter Hoffman exploring a waterway

Naturalist Peter Hoffman exploring a waterway

Naturalist Rich Hoffman will answer these questions and more on July 13 when the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee holds a special “Water Study” event for students and adults, who will explore the local fresh water biology and learn scientific ways to test water.

You will be guided by Rich Hoffman, who is an instructor at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, as well as a member of the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee.

The Water Study will take place on Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Birchwood Lake in Mountain Lakes. Participants will explore the lake with Hoffman, and are asked to wear either boots or footwear that can get wet. The group will meet at the entrance to Birchwood Beach at 10 am.

There is limited space for participants, so you should sign up quickly, so as not to be disappointed if the free session sells out. You can sign up by emailing [email protected].

The Whippany River watershed is an area of 69.3 square miles in Morris County that contains all of the small streams and tributaries that drain into the Whippany River. The WRWAC works with its members (including Morris County government) and hundreds of volunteers to:
  • Provide wildlife management workshops to reduce fecal contamination in our water;
  • Conduct clean-ups to remove trash, downed trees and branches, shopping carts, tires and other objects that contaminate our water and block the river’s flow to cause flooding;
  • Restore lake shores, stream corridors and river banks with plantings;
  • Engineer retention and detention of storm water to reduce pollution to our waterways and to encourage recharge of our groundwater;
  • Monitor the quality of our streams, river, lakes and ponds and identify trends and sources of pollution;
  • Design model ordinances for storm water management and headwaters protection.