2021 Friends of the Lake Newsletter
April 05, 2021
We have now faced over a year of living with the Covid-19 pandemic together. There is light at the end of this long dark tunnel - thanks to the rollout of vaccines and all the hard work and dedication of our health care providers, first responders and front-line workers. This has been a world-changing event which will bring new challenges to our lives as we work our way forward.
We are grateful that you, the members of Friends of the Lake, were so supportive last year, even though our events had to be cancelled or altered and our anniversary party delivered via Zoom. With any luck, we will soon be able to gather again to strengthen our friendships and together, help this beautiful lake.
An unanticipated side effect of the pandemic was a large increase in boat traffic of all kinds on the lake last summer. Where we once saw a small group or two of kayakers, it seemed like herds of them went by daily… weather permitting. The number of pontoon and other pleasure boats also seemed to increase dramatically. We believe that this trend will continue; it was only a matter of time before the beauty and fun of Lake Lillinonah was to be discovered. We must all continue to be considerate of each other out there – please be aware of your wakes, your noise, and the safety and enjoyment of others.
We are also aware that we have many neighbors who are new to the lake; welcome! For those who have become members, thank you. If you have new neighbors who may be unaware of FOTL, please pass along our newsletter to let them know what we are up to. They can sign up easily online at www.friendsofthelake.org/support-us.
We are pleased to present this year’s newsletter; thanks to your membership, much work continues in support of this great resource. As always, let us know if you have any questions or comments, or would like us to tackle any issues you find to be important and helpful to our lake.
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2020 Lake Drawdown - November 2nd to November 13th
September 25, 2020
Lake Lillinonah - Beginning on November 2, 2020 FirstLight will conduct a drawdown of Lake Lillinonah at the Shepaug Dam to conduct its maintenance and inspection activities. The normal summer operating range of the station is from 200’-195.5’ and the drawdown will target an estimated elevation of 191’. The drawdown will lower lake levels to minimum pond levels and return to normal operating elevations on November 13th, 2020. All homeowners are also urged to remove structures, boatlifts, and docks from Lake Lillinonah to prevent ice or flood damage from occurring during the winter months. Any and all work planned to occur along the shoreline requires prior permitting from FirstLight.
Lake Lillinonah Debris Issue (July 2020)
July 30, 2020
Dear Friends of the Lake:
An article (which can be found in our resource library) appeared in the Danbury News-Times last Wednesday, July 8, after executive board member George Walker contacted Katrina Koerting with photos and descriptions of the mess we encountered during the days leading up to the July 4th weekend. Ms. Koerting also contacted board member Scott Conant, who provided pictures, video and comments.
We understand the requirement of FirstLight Power to perform semiannual ‘audits’ of the power generating capability of the Shepaug facility. We also understand that they are required to maintain the recreational viability of the lake. As you know, we have been requesting for years that they either keep the lake lower during the boating season, or obtain equipment with enough capacity to remove debris so that the lake is not compromised when they must raise the lake for these audits or for normal operations.
We are in the process of contacting our local representatives, FirstLight Power and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about the massive debris fields we experienced last week and our continuing frustration with the debris situation. If you have any photos, videos or descriptions of problems you encountered, please forward them at your earliest convenience to ‘info@FriendsoftheLake.org.’
Your Executive Team
June 17, 2020
We are notifying our members as a public service.
We have been notified that the chemical treatment for Eurasian Watermilfoil that was previously scheduled for yesterday, June 16th has been delayed and is now scheduled for Wednesday, June 24th.
Below is the official message we received from Solitude Lake Management:
On Wednesday 6/24/20 invasive weeds in Lake Lillinonah will be treated using Tribune. Treatments will take place in 3 locations: Lake Lillinonah Rd North in Bridgewater, Barkwood Cove in Brookfield, and Hanover Rd in Newtown. The following water use restrictions apply to those within 500 feet of the treatment zones:
Swimming, fishing, and boating- no restrictions.
Drinking and cooking- Do not use until 6/27.
Watering of livestock- Do not use until 6/25.
Irrigation- Do not use until 6/27.
For further questions regarding the treatment, please contact Solitude Lake Management at 508-885-0101
The Lake Lillinonah Web Store
May 22, 2020
We are pleased to forward the announcement for ‘The Lake Lillinonah Web Store.’ There is a nice selection of hats, sweatshirts, T-shirts, polo’s and other clothing with a Lake Lillinonah Logo. Orders need to be placed this weekend if you’d like delivery prior to father’s day.
This store is unaffiliated with Friends of the Lake; we are forwarding this to you as a community service.
The website link can be found below:
A friendly reminder that this weekend is the unofficial start of summer, so please safe. The LLA Patrol boats will be out, so please insure that you have the 2020 registration stickers in place. The FOTL GLEON buoy is in; check out the latest readings live on our website! Also remember that Save The Lake Day is on June 27th, more details will be sent out in the coming weeks.
One last reminder, lease remember to renew your membership if you haven’t already, and make sure your neighbors are OK during this difficult time – and encourage them to join us!
Wishing everyone a wonderful and safe boating season!
Help us find our new Part-Time Executive Director
December 15, 2019
Dear Friend of Lake Lillinonah:
We are contacting all of our resources in our search for a part-time Executive Director to help Friends of the Lake execute its mission to improve the water quality and environmental care of this beautiful lake. The full job description is below. To summarize, we are seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual who can widen our collaboration with other like-minded public and private organizations and agencies, while improving the efficacy of existing programs. We estimate that this person would work approximately one day per week, and envision those efforts to be an extension of their current duties and interests.
If you know of anyone who might be interested and qualify, please feel free to forward this note to them. If you have any ideas of who else we might contact, please respond with any information you think might be of help in our search.
We have come a long way as an organization, and we hope an excellent executive director will further our goals and ambitions.
Thank you in advance for any help,
Friends of the Lake
Part-Time Executive Director – Friends of the Lake
Friends of the Lake (FOTL) is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Part-Time Executive Director. This role will assist our +100-member non-profit organization achieve its mission of improving Lake Lillinonah’s water quality to the standards set forth in the Clean Water Act, and to ensure the longterm environmental protection of this beautiful lake. Responsibilities will include managing, scheduling and budgeting of programs and projects that further the mission of FOTL. Lake Lillinonah is the second largest lake in CT and a FERC licensed hydropower facility.
Job Duties include:
Reports directly to Jeffrey Silverman, Chairman of the Executive Board to reports to directly to Chairman of the Executive Board
• Work with FOTL executive board to implement and continue the FOTL lake science and lake management, community outreach and public policy initiatives.
• Ability to form collaborative partnerships, act as strategic planner for water quality, watershed and aquatic invasive management initiatives, public education and community outreach development, monitor shoreline/land use regulations, legislative and FERC issues.
• Act as liaison with the Lake Lillinonah Authority (LLA), community leaders, local elected officials, and First Light Power Resources (the FERC licensee / owner of this Hydro power facility).
• Supervise and prioritize work tasks and provide scientific guidance and program review.
• Provide monthly reports previous months activities to executive board.
• Represent FOTL with State and local agencies.
• Attend FOTL scheduled meetings as required, LLA meetings, pertinent community meetings, seminars and conferences, and review scientific literature.
• Ability to function in both an administrative and “hands-on” capacity for water quality initiatives.
• The seasonal nature of this position will require ability to coordinate work both on administrative tasks, lab facilities and “on lake” data collection as needed requiring a flexibility of schedule and hours.
• Coordinate with various environmental partners including but not limited to Fairfield University, Western CT State University, Housatonic Valley Association, Connecticut Fund for the Environment, the Connecticut Federation of Lakes, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
• Work to create a lake management plan for water quality, invasive aquatic species control and debris management.
A college graduate or commensurate experience. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (biology, environmental studies, botany, public policy, chemistry, or related field, knowledge of Limnology a plus). Five (5) years experience in a related field preferred, one of which should be in a supervisory capacity, preferably in a public, governmental or educational organization. The candidate must be an independent self-starter who is able to excel without requiring day-to-day direction.
Excellent communicator (oral, written and personal), strong researcher, experienced with computer technology with ability to apply knowledge to lake and watershed management a plus. Legislative and regulatory experience a plus. Responsibilities may include budget development, financial management, fund-raising, and grant writing.
Physical Requirements: As this position requires on site field work on Lake Lillinonah, the successful candidate must possess the ability to swim, knowledge of water testing equipment (training provided), ability to take and pass CT Boater Safety Course and operate a variety of vessels.
This is a part-time position with salary commensurate with experience. Equal Opportunity Employer. No Phone Calls Please. E-mail resume with cover letter and salary requirements/history to: email@example.com, or mail to Friends of the Lake, P.O. Box 403, Bridgewater, CT 06752
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