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Lake Drawdown: November 2nd, 2019 to November 11th, 2019

October 11, 2019

Lake Lillinonah - Beginning on November 2, 2019 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 elevation of 191’. The drawdown will lower lake levels to minimum pond levels and return to normal operating elevations on November 11, 2019. 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.


Water Quality & Management Plan Update

July 06, 2019

Dear Friends of the Lake,

We are pleased to provide the following links to our update of the research we have performed for invasive plant species removal, and for the 2018 CLEO (citizen-lead environmental organization) water quality monitoring program. This important work is supported by your membership, and we thank you sincerely.

Click the link below, or visit our website for additional detail (in the Resource Library)

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__friendsofthelake.org_tools_library&d=DwIFaQ&c=euGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM&r=AIKQzQNYjGirUjx79_0t0w&m=kfgeSC0xi-WBgVexnQBy_CHUTlKXM0UUqUCSOKibii4&s=aq463FAq92ufHRDUxOrA3R51RLqfT57RDRSTlEn20SM&e=

Please send any comments or suggestions about either report to http://info@friendsofthelake.org

Here’s to a cleaner Lake Lillinonah!

Your Executive Team



Danbury Referendum

October 28, 2018

Dear Friends of Lake Lillinonah:

ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 6, 2018!

IF YOU LIVE IN DANBURY AND CARE ABOUT LAKE LILLINONAH,

THIS YEAR THERE IS A SPECIAL REASON YOU MUST GET OUT TO VOTE.

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This November 6 there will be an issue on the ballot in Danbury of vital importance to those who want to protect and improve the water quality in Lake Lillinonah. There will be a $102 million bond referendum to enable Danbury to proceed with long-delayed upgrades to its waste water treatment plant in order to comply with stricter pollution reduction standards at the plant. As recently reported in the Danbury News Times, Danbury has been ordered to begin these upgrades and if voters turn down the referendum to finance them, “Danbury utilities officials could miss deadlines in their state permits, lose tens of millions of dollars in matching funds for the project, face severe fines and still have to pay for the upgrades anyway.”

Friends of the Lake has been at the forefront of this issue since before 2008.

That’s right . . . we have been fighting this battle for more than ten years.

It has been that long since the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection ordered the city increase its water treatment to remove 98 percent of phosphorous from the water leaving the plant.

THE GOOD NEWS . . .

We believe that these upgrades will have a major impact in improving water quality in Lake Lillinonah and reducing algal blooms caused by an overload of nutrients, such as phosphorous – including blue-green algae which contain toxins that are harmful to humans and animals.

The State of Connecticut has promised to pay 50% of the cost of the upgrades . . .

but only if the city designs and bids the project by next year.

If approved by voters, the city would bid the project next spring and could begin construction next year to complete the improvements by mid-2022.

TO ALL DANBURY RESIDENTS . . .

THE TIME IS NOW TO LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD.

VOTE YES ON NOVEMBER 6 ON THE BOND REFERENDUM!


Lake Lillinonah Plant Management Plan (Documents)

October 03, 2018

As you may be aware, Friends of the Lake hosted a public forum on Friday, September 28th 2018 as we identify the best approach to a long-term plant management plan. Friends of the Lake will be working diligently on short and long-term solutions to our invasive aquatic plant problem. With that being said, below is the information we have at this point in time. Please take some time to review and feel free to reach out with any questions.

To see the shortened video, click here: https://vimeo.com/293232836?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=28749

To see all documents presented & available at this point in time, click here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f15py23bk65e0nt/AAAXlU0gNYS5wN7hUA8sLNima?dl=0

Friends of the Lake will contact you soon via email to identify our ‘next steps’ and their targeted timing, and a list of options that might help everyone in the short-term.

We encourage you to send your comments and questions to info@friendsofthelake.org.


Lake Lillinonah’s Integrated Plant Management Plan

September 17, 2018

Friends of the Lake cordially invites you to attend our public forum on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 7PM at the Brookfield Town Hall, room 133. Please RSVP to info@friendsofthelake.org so we can understand the number of attendees & prepare accordingly.

Please click this article to see more detail regarding the evening & review some of the documentation prior to the event.


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