STATEMENT: Gottheimer Statement on NJ Investment to Combat Harmful Algae in Greenwood Lake

Mar 11, 2020

Calls for Waiving Matching Requirements for Communities Facing Immediate Threats and Crisis

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) released this statement following the State of New Jersey’s announced investment to evaluate Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) mitigation and prevention strategies for Passaic County’s Greenwood Lake:

“This week, Greenwood Lake has received a critical investment from the State of New Jersey to help fight back against Harmful Algal Blooms and their detrimental impacts on our recreation, local businesses, and residents. This investment, along with the investment the Governor announced this past November, are critical and welcomed steps. However, not all of New Jersey’s lakes have the immediate resources to match funds as the state required in their November announcement. To combat this environmental crisis, we cannot just help some of our lake communities, we need to work to help all of them — especially those facing immediate environmental and economic threats.  In January, I stood with the Greenwood Lake Commission to push for emergency investments to combat HABs, and help shore up our lake communities.  I am proud to help Greenwood Lake claw back needed resources to ensure the water is safe for visitors this summer and help stabilize tourism and the economy in our lake communities.  I will continue fighting for clean water on behalf of New Jersey families and businesses of all sizes.”


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