Lake Owassa Community Association, P.O. Box 657, Branchville, NJ 07826 Phone: (973) 948-6866 between 9 AM & 8:30 PM LOCA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE 2017 LOCA WATER QUALITY REPORT
IS NOW AVAILABLE UNDER
THE LOCA WATER QUALITY TAB.
NEW NO-WAKE ZONE NEAR INLET OF LAKE
Commencing on Saturday, July 22nd, a small portion of the lake near the inlet will be 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.
THE LOCA STORE
The LOCA store has gone online! You can go to the Loca Store tab on the website or Click HERE or go to https://lakeowassa.itemorder.com to shop for the latest Lake Owassa apparel and goods! Like any store, our designs and options will be changing from month to month and year to year, so please check back often for new items and designs!
The E-Cove has been treated for weeds this morning. Residents of the E-Cove should not drink the water or have their pets drink the water for three (3) days, and no water should be drawn from the lake for irrigation of gardens for five (5) days. Notices with this information will be posted by the lake management company in the area.
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.
April 13, 2017
SAVE THE DATES: BOAT PARADE-July 4th-Tuesday 11:00 AM at floating dock. Boats judged on Originality, Design, and Patriotism. There are 2 trophies for each category.
PICNIC-July 15-Saturday 12-4PM on the Island. “Mardi Gras” theme. Rain date Sunday, July 16. Tickets are $8.00 in advance and $10 the day of the picnic on the Island. Please bring your favorite hot or cold side dish or dessert.
Golf Outing& Social- at Hidden Acres Golf Club-Friday August 5 at 5PM. Group of 4. 2 of the 4 golfers must be LOCA members. May attend even it not playing golf. BYOB. Come & socialize on the deck with LOCA members. Contact Ed Mullins 201 739 2763.
Sailboat Regatta: Saturday, August 5-11:00AM-1:00PM. Meet in the middle of the lake. Chairperson: Joel Weintraub.
Wine & Cheese: Saturday August 26th-4-8:00PM Meet on the Island. BYOB and your favorite appetizers. There will be MUSIC once again!
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
17 FOOT KEEWAYDIN DARK GREEN CANVAS CANOE! It has a 2005 LOCA sticker and no others to identify its owner!! Perfect example of the need for LOCA Area and yearly stickers on ALL boats!!!! Call Ted at 973-570-3786 so it can be returned !!!
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 2016 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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Check the Fishing Club tab for lots of updated information! The latest LOCA newsletters are now under the Minutes & Newsletters tab (password required).
The Sussex County Website has information on many topics such as West Nile Virus & Mosquito Control. Click Here to go to their website News Page.
IF YOU ARE A LOCA MEMBER AND HAVE A CHARITY, WALK-A-THON, SOMETHING TO BUY/SELL (e.g. BOAT, ETC.), OR SOMETHING FOR OTHER MEMBERS TO BE AWARE OF, ADD IT TO THE MEMBER NETWORK page. CLICK HERE TO EMAIL METHE INFORMATION TO BE ADDED.
If you have any suggestions on how to improve the website or wish to add photos, committee news, events, etc., you can either email or fax me the information at (845) 610-3179 - please provide your name and phone number on the email/fax in case I need to contact you to clarify or ask questions about any submissions. I hope you will enjoy using the website. Sincerely, Gordon Shehab
You will need the user ID and password only for the Minutes & Newsletters, Member Comments, andPhone Contacts pages. The ID and password are the same that were on the old website. If you have forgotten them,click here to email meand I will provide them to you upon verification of your LOCA membership.
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