Lake Owassa Community Association, P.O. Box 657, Branchville, NJ 07826 Phone: (973) 948-6866 between 9 AM & 3 PM LOCA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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M E E T I N G A N N O U N C E M E N T
The LOCA General Membership Meeting will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. and, in light of the increased prevalence of Covid-19 in Sussex County, will be conducted only online. The meeting will be held on the Zoom platform.
The Zoom meeting can be reached at the link below (or by inserting the link in your browser).The meeting ID and password are also displayed below. Please write both down on a piece of paper before logging on because you might be asked to enter them during the process. Members may alternatively call in to any of the following phone numbers listed to hear the proceedings.
LOCA Secretary-Treasurer, Patricia Pomeroy, is inviting you to a scheduledZoom meeting. Topic: LOCA General Membership Meeting
Time: Sunday, June 26, 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Logging-on will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the meeting. Any member wishing to comment or ask a question can use the “raise hand” function to be recognized at appropriate times and have the microphone activated. Questions may also be submitted in writing prior to the meeting to the Secretary-Treasurer.
Voting will not be possible during this meeting. While no issue requiring a vote is anticipated, if such an issue arises, ballots will be sent to all voting members via email or USPS after the meeting.
The water treatments applied on Monday do not limit swimming, boating, or eating the fish. The herbicide, Clipper, was applied only in the coves. Water in and near the cove areas should not be drawn from the lake for irrigation purposes for 5 days.
The official warning document posted states this irrigation limitation.
LOCA E-NEWS June 20, 2022
Chris Hanlon from Lake Management Sciences will be on the lake today in his airboat. The milfoil in the Inlet and Coves will be treated. An algaecide will be used in the Coves, Inlet, and A Section shoreline to treat cyanobacteria.
Those pulling water from the lake for any reason should refrain from doing so today, Monday June 20, 2022.
It is okay to swim, fish, and use boats. But please stay away from the Airboat.
Thank you for your cooperation.
LOCA Board of Governors
June 17, 2022
A few members have voiced their dissatisfaction with the LOCA Board of Governors’ decision to have a Zoom General Membership meeting on June 26.
The decision was made at the May 19 board meeting due to the spread of the Covid variant. In fact, a board member was quarantined at the time of the meeting.
According to the State of NJ for the week ending 5/21, the current activity level was high for Northwest NJ (Sussex, Morris, Warren and Passaic counties). A recent article in the Township Journal showed a spike in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations for the weeks ending 5/6, 5/13 and 5/20.
We all miss an in-person meeting, to have the opportunity to introduce the many new members and to interact with each other. We are planning to use the “raised hand” function of zoom and activate a member’s audio to ask a question rather than the chat function.
Several members have offered their own properties for the meeting. Although a generous offer it is not a feasible offer – parking, seating, sound system and, of course, the possibility of inclement weather.
We encourage any members to submit questions they may have at this time to the secretary/treasurer Trish Pomeroy at email@example.com. Please do not send them as a response to this e-news.
The LOCA Board of Governors anticipates an in-person August general meeting if the conditions are satisfactory at that time.
June 6, 2022
For those members who rent or may rent their home, this is a reminder of the LOCA rental policy approved by the general membership by vote on August 25, 2019. Rentals between Memorial Day and Labor Day must be a minimum of 7 days. Rentals outside this time period must be a minimum of 3 days.
Article II Membership
Section 4, C, 5 (b)
All other aspects of the rental policy remain in effect, i.e., no power boats to be used by renters, insurance requirements, etc. Please refer to the Owner/Renter’s Guide on the LOCA website.
The LOCA Board of Governors
JUNE 5, 2022
Please note the Recreation Committee article;
LOCA Picnic - the last line was omitted. LOCA will provide the tent, tables and chairs.
We apologize for the omission.
June 2, 2022
On May 31, 2022, follow-up testing of water quality was done near H-09 to check for levels of E. coli.
We tested four different sites in the local area and the test results showed a dramatic improvement. All the results were very good and well below the LOCA alert value of 100.
The results (in cfu/100ml) are as follows:
H-05 is 8.6
H-07 is 18.7
H-09 is 10.8
H-11 is 3.0
The recommendation to avoid swimming in the area near H-09 is no-longer in effect.
E-NEWS May 12, 2022
“The Property Committee is happy to announce, with the dock in the water and the delivery of the porta john, the island is open for business. Moreover, all the safety buoys have been placed, the ladder on the floating dock will be attached on the next nice Saturday morning, and the east and west shore boat launches have been cleared of debris and are ready for use.
If you find yourself with any questions or concerns regarding LOCA property maintenance or use, do not hesitate to contact Daniel Benkendorf, (201) 602 3461, or Len Ferraro, (862) 266 4905. Thank you and ENJOY!!!!!!”
APRIL 15, 2022
FERTILIZER BAN & SEPTIC MAINTENANCE
As the weather warms and we eagerly begin prepping our properties for another safe and fun-filled season at the lake, the Board would like to make LOCA members aware of 2 areas of concern.
One key driver of Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) occurrences is the overabundance of nutrients in lakes, which “feed” these blooms. While nutrients are a part of a healthy lake ecosystem and stem from both natural and human sources, it is imperative that human sources are limited. Therefore, at the March 18, 2021 LOCA Board meeting, the Board voted to adopt a fertilizer ban resolution for lawns. This resolution is just one early step to better understand and manage HAB occurrences as the nutrient input from fertilizer use can be controlled. This resolution can be found on the LOCA website.
As you are aware, a comprehensive and information HAB special general membership meeting held on Feb 6, 2022 resulted in an approval for a $1000.00 assessment to be paid by all members. Inadequate, poorly maintained, or failing septic systems are one of the “point source” areas where we, as a community, can do everything we can to control impact. Please make sure you have had your septic checked or pumped within the last 3 years.
The Board is also looking into other proactive solutions for better HAB management.
We thank everyone for their cooperation on this effort. Be safe and have a Happy Spring!
The LOCA Board of Governors
April 11, 2022
The LOCA store is open again for online orders. Attached is a flyer outlining a few of the items available. Happy shopping.
As the weather warms and we eagerly begin prepping our properties for another safe and fun filled season at the lake, the Board would like to make LOCA members aware of fertilizer usage.
One key driver of Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) occurrences is the overabundance of nutrients in lakes, which “feed” these blooms. While nutrients are a part of a healthy lake ecosystem and stem from both natural and human sources, it is imperative that human sources are limited. Therefore, at the March 18th Board meeting, the LOCA Board voted to adopt the attached fertilizer resolution for lawns. This resolution is just one early step to better understand and manage HAB occurrences as the nutrient input from fertilizer use can be controlled. The Board is also looking into other proactive solutions for better HAB management.
We thank everyone for their cooperation on this effort. Be safe and have a Happy Spring!
The following information was received from the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife.
We are passing on this important information to our membership.
Moss Ball and Zebra Mussels
The NJ Division of fish and Wildlife is joining fish and wildlife agencies nationwide to alert consumers about aquarium products that may be infested with invasive Zebra Mussels that have been found in “moss balls”, an aquarium plant product sold at aquarium and pet supply stores. Zebra mussels are regarded as one of the most destructive invasive species in North America.
Zebra mussels can quickly take over once they get established in a water body and cause significant damage including disrupting the food chain, changing the chemistry of the water, clogging water intake and delivery systems and damaging boats.
Several major pet product retailers, including Petco and PetSmart, have proactively removed these products from their shelves.
The Division urges anyone who has purchased a moss ball within the past several weeks to strictly follow U.S. Fish and Wildllife Service (USFWS) guidance on how to properly disinfect them and clean aquarium systems.
Guidance can be found on the USFWS Zebra Disposal webpage
Recently the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) has been reported near our lake. This invasive Asiatic species was first reported in Pennsylvania in 2014 and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) has been monitoring this species throughout New Jersey. It mainly impacts fruit trees, along with some ornamental and hardwood tree species, but is not known to harm humans or animals.
Currently there are eight NJ counties under quarantine for SLF, including: Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Salem, Somerset and Warren. The NJDA asks for any sightings of SLF outside these quarantined counties to be reported via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (609-406-6943) and eliminated.
We thank everyone for their cooperation and for keeping a diligent eye on all different environmental conditions around the lake.
LOCA members, guests and renters are reminded that remote-controlled boats, airplanes and drones are not permitted to be operated on, over or in the lake. This longstanding rule was put in place to protect the safety, privacy and quiet enjoyment of the lake, and will continue to be enforced by our patrolman.
NEW JERSEY CHAPTER OF THE PAJAMA PROGRAM
I am Coordinator for The New Jersey Chapter of the Pajama Program for Morris & Sussex Counties. At this time, I would like to hold a pajama drive within our community. All donations must be NEW WINTER PAJAMAS! We accept all sizes but sizes 8 through teenage/adult are the most needed. We also accept monetary donations.
You can contact me at 973-222-7922 to arrange dropping off or my picking up your donations.
Pajama Program, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine for children affected by instability to help them thrive. Pajama Program was founded in 2001 and has delivered more than 6 million good nights for good days. Through its work with its 4,000 community partners, which are community-based organizations across the country that serve children from birth through 18 years, Pajama Program endeavors to create a world where good nights are good days for all children, everywhere.
For additional information on the program you can go to https://pajamaprogram.org/ or to the New Pajama Program Facebook page.
I am proud to volunteer with this organization. It is comforting to know I help in keeping thousands of children warm throughout our State. If you are interested in volunteering within the organization, please contact me. As we all know many organizations have been effected by the Corona virus increasing the need of donations & volunteers.
Fran Sandomeno Coordinator of Morris & Sussex Counties New Jersey Chapter, Pajama Program 241 East Shore Lake Owassa Road Newton, NJ. 07860 973-222-7922 Francine.email@example.com
CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION REGARDING LAKE OWASSA
Saturday, April 4, 2020
The Lake Owassa Board of Governors met on April 2nd via ZOOM and wishes to inform the lake members of LOCA’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. It appears that social distancing will be required well into the summer months. To comply with these new regulations and to keep our membership safe, all LOCA-sponsored meetings and activities are on hold until further notice. This includes the June LOCA General Meeting, the Buddy Bass Fishing Contest, Kid’s Sunny Contest, 4th of July Boat Parade, LOCA picnic, Sailboat Regatta, Golf Outing, and Wine and Cheese Party. The fish weigh stations around the lake will also be closed.
In addition, for the safety of all our members, the island will be closed and there will not be a porta-potty delivered this summer unless the public health guidelines for gatherings are changed. Use of the Community Swim Dock is also prohibited. To prevent its use, we will not be installing its ladder. We are also prohibiting boat “tie-ups” until further notice.
Please follow the state order on social distancing on your own floats, swim area, and boats.
When you use masks and gloves, be sure to dispose of them properly—not in the lake! (We have already found masks and gloves in the water!)
The Lake Patrolman will remind you of the safety for all of us when you follow simple social distancing. He has been authorized by the Board to stop and separate anyone who forgets!
Please use local stores and restaurants, and continue to follow suggested policies—stay at least 6 feet apart, wear masks, and gloves where appropriate.
Of course when things change, we will happily inform you via E-news.
The best way to understand how we will get through this will be by assuming that you have the virus and want to protect your neighbors. Lake Owassa is a lovely place for our members to sequester. Many of our members who normally would arrive later in the spring are already here. Let’s do this together and safely!
Note: Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 107 directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The Order provides for certain exceptions, such as: obtaining essential goods and services; seeking medical attention; visiting family or close friends; reporting to work; and engaging in outdoor activities. The Order also prohibits all gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events. When in public, individuals must practice social distancing and stay at least six feet apart whenever possible, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners. The Governor’s Order further directs the closure of all non-essential businesses to the public. The list of essential and nonessential businesses can be found on the State of New Jersey website.
REMINDER:EFFECTIVE THIS SEASON, NO SWIM FLOATS WITH METAL BARRELS OR
EXPOSED STYROFOAM ARE ALLOWED ON THE LAKE!
NO-WAKE ZONE NEAR INLET OF LAKE
A small portion of the lake near the inlet has been designated as a “No-Wake Fish Habitat Protection Zone.” A white buoy will be placed in the lake at the start of that zone. The Board of Governors has considered designating this area a No-Wake Zone for a number of years because of the narrowness of the lake in that area, the difficulty in making a turn with a skier or tuber in tow without getting too close to swimfloats, and the heavy erosion from waves that takes place in that narrow part of the lake. With the recent recommendation of the Electrofishing Study to better manage our fishery by sinking structure and encouraging lilypad growth in a part of the lake that would not conflict with swimming and boating, it was determined that the inlet portion of the lake was the best location. Making this small portion of the lake a No-Wake Zone will have little impact on our lake members, since most water skiers and tubers already make the turn before they reach that area of the lake. And as in the Cove, motorboats and all other watercraft (along with fishermen) may continue to enjoy this part of the lake so long as the No-Wake rule is respected.
The Board of Governors thanks you for your cooperation in our efforts to improve our fishery and to make our lake safer.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL LOCA MEMBERS ABOUT “FOREIGN” BOATS
No boat, kayak, canoe or paddleboard may be placed on Lake Owassa unless it is owned by the LOCA member and has both the Area Number and current Annual Sticker on the boat.No renters or guests are ever permitted to place their watercraft on Lake Owassa.This rule protects our lake from invasive organisms and plants that can infect and harm our lake for everyone.Despite our constant reminders, some LOCA members have been permitting renters and guests to bring their boats to the lake.This violation of our Bylaws cannot continue.Any LOCA members who permit renters or guests to place their boats on Lake Owassa may have their lake privileges and membership suspended or revoked.The LOCA Board of Governors, to protect our lake for everyone, is now compelled to enforce a zero tolerance policy for this violation.
Thank you for helping to keep our lake clean, safe and pollution free.
LOCA MEMBERS PLEASE READ THIS FILE: A HOMEOWNERS GUIDE TO SEPTIC SYSTEMS
As we approach a new summer on the lake, the LOCA Board of Governors wants to advise all LOCA members of the rules regarding large inflatable toys, floats and rafts.With all of the new and large devices for sale on the market, the LOCA Board does not want someone to unknowingly purchase an oversized inflatable device that is not permitted on our lake.
1.The maximum size of any inflatable toy, raft, chair or float is 144 square feet.The inflatable device should also not sit higher in the water than the typical or average swim float or raft (approximately 3 feet).
2.All inflatable devices (other than the traditional inflatable devices used for tubing) must always remain in front of one=s own property and inside the line of swim floats.No inflatable device may be anchored to the bottom of the lake.
3.No inflatable devices can remain in the lake overnight.All inflatable devices must be removed from the lake by dusk (1/2 hour after sunset).They must be brought onshore or safely placed on one=s dock.They cannot be stored on top of a swim float.
4.Because inflatable toys are not permanently anchored in the lake, a LOCA sticker will not be required at this time.However, guests or renters are not permitted to bring their own inflatable toys to the lake; inflatable devices on the lake must be owned by the LOCA member.We do not want our lake to be infected with invasive species or nuisance growths.
5.And please remember that inflatable boats, canoes or kayaks, as with all watercraft, require a sticker before they can be placed on the lake, and trampolines are never permitted on the lake.
Thank you for your cooperation and please have a wonderful and safe summer on the lake.
Natural Poison Ivy Treatment
1 Cup salt
1 Gallon vinegar
8 drops liquid dish detergent
Combine salt and vinegar and heat until salt dissolves.Cool, add detergent.Pour into spray bottle or pour directly on poison ivy.
Be careful where sprayed as the mixture kills all vegetation.
PLEASE CHECK THE NEW OWNER'S/RENTER'S GUIDE TAB FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
Coast Guard Regulations
The US Coast Guard has determined that the Stand Up Paddle Boards are “vessels” and therefore, must follow USCG regulations! The following regulations apply to all vessels
including motor boats, sail boats, kayaks, canoes, and now stand up paddle boards.
Every vessel must be equipped with a USCG-approved Type I, II, III life jacket for every person on board
Any person on board under the age of 13 must wear the USCG approved life jacket.
The jacket must be in “serviceable condition” without rips, tears, or deterioration that will diminish its performance.
The jacket must be of an appropriate size and fit for the wearer.
Please, be conscious of these regulations when operating any motor boat, sail boat, canoe, kayak, or stand up paddle board! Also, remember each of these need to have on their LOCA Area sticker and yearly sticker!
All people (members, guests, and renters), ages 16 through 69, MUST have a valid 2022 NJ State Fishing License to fish in Lake Owassa.
Only boats registered to proprietary members and having proper LOCA stickers are allowed on LOCA waters.
No family members, guests, or renters are allowed to bring their own boats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and put them in the lake.
SWIM FLOATS & RAFTS
Before you put your swim float/ raft in this year, please make sure your LOCA area number is visible on the raft/swim float.
IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THE "NICE RED/WHITE STICKER"!! You can paint it on or buy letters/numbers at Lowes/Home Depot. We just need to identify your swim float/raft, if it drifts away and we need to notify you.
We have had a number of floats that drifted away during the last season, and there is one that we need to locate it's home this Spring. Thank you in advance for your help. Ted Roman (Patrolman) 973-570-3786
Anyone wishing to have a bonfire/campfire needs to call the NJ Forest Fire Service and obtain the proper permits. These are free and are issued monthly. You may request as many months as you want at the same time. Each month has a different permit number. Either the day before or day of your bonfire you need to call and inform them. They will then have it on record in case anyone calls in that there is an unauthorized fire. The number to call for permits is: 973-786-6350. The permit will contain the number to inform them of your fire.
Reminder to our LOCA Members: No Motorized watercraft are to be on the lake after dusk, which is 1/2 hour after sunset!!
Please, check the daily sunset times and adhere to this By-Law. See page 16 of our By-Laws for detailed operating times.
Thank You-The Board of Governors
IMPORTANT NOTICE!!! Other lakes in the area have been invaded by the Water Chestnut which can wreak havoc on the lake environment and balance of nature on a lake. There is a presentation under the LOCA WATER & SEPTIC tab or Click Here for complete information and photos on detection and advice on what to do and who to contact if you see it on the lake.
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