ROXBURY, NJ – This summer's Lake Hopatcong weed removal program was scheduled to begin today, with the training of new seasonal employees. 

With guidance from Hopatcong State Park personnel, the summer help will begin harvesting weeds in all coves between Hopatcong State Park and the north side of Bertrand's Island, according to a statement from Morris County. The first phase will end July 14 and will include weed removal at Clam Bake Cover, Point Pleasant, King Cove and Ingram's Cove. 

"An additional harvester will be cutting in Crescent Cove and River Styx to help open waterways," said the statement.  

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It said there will be two more phases, with dates to be announced later in the summer. The second phase will involve the cutting of weeds along the shoreline near Lee’s County Park, Great Cove, Davis Point, Nolan’s Point, Brady Bridge area, Woodport, around Halsey Island and Raccoon Island.  

The final phase will entail weed harvesting in Byram Bay, Byram Cove, Point Breeze and Henderson Cove. 

Questions regarding the program can be asked by calling Hopatcong State Park at 973-398-7010.