Tucked away in the northwest corner of New Jersey, bounded by the Kittatinny ridge and acting as the primary feeder to the Paulinskill River, a jewel of nature exists in the form of two natural lakes. About 18,000 years ago, both Lake Owassa and Culver Lake were created by the last glacier to impact northern New Jersey and may have been connected at one time. As the watershed environment transitioned from forests to farmland to housing developments, years of sediment and nutrient loading very gradually affected the water quality and the lakes’ biology. This process is called eutrophication and can adversely affect water in the lakes and also in the Culver Brook, Paulinskill and Delaware Rivers.
WHAT WE DO
GREATER CULVER LAKE WATERSHED FACT
A goal of restoring water clarity to the 1950’s level, when Culver Lake was first monitored, can be met by diligent attention to watershed management, education and voluntary effort.
YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS
The Greater Culver Lake Watershed Conservation Foundation (GCLWCF) relies solely on private tax-deductible donations from individuals, families, and foundations to fund its environmental advocacy programs.
Your generosity will ensure continuity of the water quality efforts not only at Culver Lake and Lake Owassa but also throughout the watershed area today, tomorrow, and in the years to come.
Orange Sunset, Gold Cloud sunset and Moonrise by Steve Okeson; Soft Sunset by Dorothea Wefing.