FLEMINGTON, NJ – Now that the Pennsylvania DEP has announced that black fly spraying will take place this week only along the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River and not the New Jersey side, Hunterdon County Freeholder Director Suzanne Lagay is asking state and local officials representing areas along the river to join with the Hunterdon Freeholders and state Sen. Mike Doherty to press the New Jersey DEP to expedite funding New Jersey’s share of the cost of black fly suppression program.

“The state’s failure so far to fund New Jersey’s share of the black fly suppression program negatively impacts not only the quality of life for residents in communities along the river, but also on ecotourism and other outdoor economic activities,” said Lagay in a press release. “There is no excuse for New Jersey not to fund this effort, which we are advised costs $200,000.”

Pennsylvania had been spraying both sides of the river covering Mercer, Hunterdon and Warren counties, with financial support from New Jersey, over the past few years.

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Doherty has asked the NJDEP to support immediate funding for the black fly suppression program.

“What is needed now is for all officials representing communities along the river to follow up with communications to the NJDEP advising on the importance of the black fly spraying program for their constituents,” Lagay said.