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Randolph Recreation Reports on Algae Treatments at the Lake

RANDOLPH, NJ - After a busy summer, Recreation Director Russ Newman and Assistant Director Jeanne Montemarano reported on the success of algae treatment in Randolph Lake and Heistein’s Pond.

Throughout the summer, Randolph Lake tested extremely well for water quality, with the standard for lakes at 200 ug/L of contaminants, and Randolph testing between 40 and 50 all summer. Newman added that “most of the time it was at 20 or less than 10.”

The aerator compressor in the lake died at the beginning of the year, but once fixed, worked well.

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“The aerators were working great, the algae was taken care of, and our water quality was above everyone in the area, bar none,” Montemarano said. “The water was clear, it was clean.”

Scuba divers also helped keep the lake clean this summer by diving to the bottom of the swim team area and retrieving any trash they found.

“This generated a lot of interest from the community,” Montemarano said. The divers monitored their own safety very closely, and the recreation department looks forward to working with them again next summer.

Committee member Sue Huston asked about the open hours of the lake, reporting several residents hoping for later hours during the week. Montemarano responded that “it’s a lake, and after dusk you can’t see and don’t want people swimming.”

Randolph Lake was open until 7pm every day and 8pm on Thursdays, and nearby lakes have similar schedules

“Overall it was really a great summer down there with the public,” Montemarano said.

Heistein’s Pond received three of four algae treatments this summer to help maintain water quality. Since the treatment began later in the season, the department decided the fourth treatment was not necessary at this point in the year.

Newman reported significant improvement, and the department will start the maintenance program earlier next year “so it doesn’t get to the state that it was.”

Newman also commented on the recent waterline break at Heistein Park, saying “it wasn’t communicated to me in a timely manner” resulting in closed bathrooms during the first week of soccer. However, the problem was resolved last week and facilities are open for teams using the fields.

“So that’s been fixed, but in the meantime, not knowing when they would be repaired, we ordered more port-a-johns so everyone would know that their concerns were heard,” Newman said.

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