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Byram Cove area of Lake Hopatcong reopens for swimming

LAKE HOPATCONG, NJ – The state Department of Environmental Protection’s advisory about bodily contact with lake water has been lifted for a third second section of Lake Hopatcong, the popular Byram Cove in the northeast section of the lake.

That follows previous lifting of the advisory over the past two weeks for  Indian Harbor and Henderson Cove, which sit immediately adjacent to Byram Cove.

According to the state DEP, measurements in all three areas indicate that cyanobacteria levels are below the state’s 20,000 cells per milliliter advisory threshold.

The DEP continues to strongly caution residents and visitors to be aware that elevated bacteria levels continue throughout the remainder. However, there is no suggested limitation on more passive boating that does not involve bodily contact with lake water.

The state is continuing bi-weekly water sampling and has placed real-time monitoring buoys in the lake to continue to assess the lake’s health in connection with harmful algal blooms.

DEP recommends that the public avoid bodily contact with lake water in areas beyond Byram Cover, Indian Harbor and Henderson Cove. Swimming and watersports such as jet-skiing, water-skiing, paddle-boarding, canoeing or kayaking should be avoided because skin exposure or accidental ingestion of the water containing these bacteria could cause adverse health effects.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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