Highland Lakes

Country Club and Community Association

Complaints Received About Leaves Being Dumped into Lakes

Reports have been received that residents and/or their landscapers have been observed blowing leaves into our lakes. The lakes can handle the additional nutrients from the decomposition of leaves which naturally fall in our lakes. However, dumping of leaves in the lake demonstrates a disregard of the effects these additional nutrients have on lakes, and the contribution these additional layers of decomposing organic material have on lake depth and the lake bed. Dumping of leaves is also an unneighborly act when the floating leaves are transported to other lakefront owners.

These matters will be addressed by the Voting Board. We urge all lakefront owners to stop this practice immediately, and where necessary to instruct their landscapers as well. The Club will alert the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection when this activity is observed..

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