NewsSummer 2015 Newsletter
There has been a recent Black Bear Sighting.
SAVE THE DATE!Sunday, September 20, 2015 for the end-of-summer Lake Waramaug Association gathering and meeting.
Please join us on Sunday, September 20th at 1:00 p.m. at Lake Waramaug Country Club where you can meet and greet other members of our Lake community to discuss the very important matters pertaining to the preservation and protection of our beloved Lake. At 1:30 Tom McGowan, Executive Director of Lake Waramaug Task Force, will lead a "State of the Lake" discussion concerning current and past conditions as well as ongoing projects. Other topics will include low water levels, road conditions around the lake and the geese problem.
NEW MOTORBOAT SPEED RESTRICTION
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has adopted the following regulation, effective December 12, 2014, for a portion of the State Park Arm of the Lake:
"No person shall operate a motorboat on Lake Waramaug... in excess of slow-no-wake from May 15 through September 15, inclusive, in the cove adjacent to Lake Waramaug State Park in the area beginning at the northernmost tip of the cove, bounded by the shorelines, and southerly from said northernmost tip for a distance of 1,300 feet."
"Slow-no-wake" generally means that a motorboat shall neither attain a speed in excess of six miles an hour nor produce more than a minimum wake. The area affected by this regulation will be marked by floating buoys. Jet-skis and other motorized personal watercraft are also subject to this restriction.
The safety concern addressed by this regulation (the concentration of various competing users ranging from swimmers and the operators of canoes and kayaks to motorboats towing water skiers in this small and narrow congested area) was initially brought to the attention of the DEEP Boating Division by the on-lake enforcement officers of the Lake Waramaug Authority followed, in accordance with statutory procedure, by a request for DEEP remedial action by the Warren Town Meeting. The DEEP, after a lengthy and detailed assessment, conducted a public hearing review and public comment process, and proposed a regulation. After revision in response to public comment, and further review and modification by the Regulation Review Committee of the State Legislature, the above regulation was adopted.
In addition to this specific regulation, Connecticut law generally requires that no person shall operate a motorboat at a speed in excess of "slow-no-wake" within 100 feet of shore, a dock, pier, float or anchored/moored vessel, unless taking off or landing a water skier. For jet-ski personal watercraft, the distance is 200 feet. In other areas a boat must be operated so that it will not endanger others and must be able to stop safely within the clear distance ahead.
Any concerns about water safety should be directed to the Lake Waramaug Authority police boat on patrol or Resident State Trooper Stephen Sordi at 860-868-9671.
- Summer 2015 Newsletter
- Minutes of our June 8, 2014 Annual Meeting
- Summer 2014 Newsletter
- The Spring 2014 Newsletter & "Keeper Sheet"
- The Lake Waramaug Task Force and the Association have been instrumental in the adoption of a new Connecticut law that restricts the use of phosphorous in fertilizers.
- A page on the Association's History and the Community page has two essays by Christine Adams Beckett and a profile of Les Ernhout by Sophia Schein. And we welcome your photos of the lake.
Lake Waramaug Task Force has posted:
- Spring 2015 Newsletter
- The 2013 Annual Summary Report
- "Saving Lake Waramaug" video
- State Guide to Invasive Aquatic Plants
Mary Harwood's splendid A History of Lake Waramaug has been reprinted by the Association. Copies are available ($25) at Association meetings and at the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot. Our thanks to the Hickory Stick for doing this as a community service without charge to the Association. Buy other books and gifts when you are there and enjoy the benefits of being able to shop locally!
From time to time, we notify our membership by email of town and commission meetings and other events. If you would like to be notified, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "notify me" in the subject line.
- Minutes of our September 2013 Joint Meeting with LWTF
- Minutes of our June 2013 Annual Meeting
- Minutes of our September 2012 Joint Meeting with LWTF
- Summer 2012
- Spring 2012
- Summer 2011
- Summer 2010
- Spring 2009
- George Knoecklein's 2008 PowerPoint presentation on invasive plants. (You can download the PowerPoint Viewer here.)
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