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The Lake Waramaug Association is co-sponsoring an important land-use related community event in Washington on the evening of November 17. In an effort to address mounting development pressure in the sensitive areas that abut our local lakes and watercourses, the program will combine expert advice with discussion by local land-use commissioners and concerned residents.

The evening will feature a talk by Sean Hayden, who has served the towns of Northwestern Connecticut for over 15 years as Executive Director of the Northwest Conservation District. Seanís responsibilities include wetland delineation, natural resource mapping, sediment and erosion control plan certification, stormwater quality management plan reviews, promoting Low Impact Development strategies, construction inspections, and the design and implementation of municipal commission education/training programs. A well known professional throughout the region, Sean is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC #2181) and a Connecticut Certified Soil Scientist. Seanís slide talk will identify important ecological issues and provide case study examples of best practices where development takes place close to sensitive natural systems.

Following Seanís talk, there will be Q & A, followed by an open forum among local residents and land use commissioners from Washington, Warren, and Kent. Residents can share their concerns and discuss how to ensure that they are addressed within the practical framework of local regulation. Among those who will be participating are Nick Solley, Chair of the Washington Zoning Commission, Polly Roberts, Chair of the Washington Zoning Board of Appeals, Tony Bedini, Chair of Washington Inland Wetlands Commission, and Craig Nelson, First Selectman of Warren. This will be an unprecedented opportunity for a collaborative discussion of the complex issues concerning land use in the area today.

We hope to welcome many local land use officials from Washington, Warren, and Kent to this eveningís event, which we think will provide a constructive and focused occasion for collaboration among officials, experts, and concerned voters from the three towns.

A sandwich supper and liquid refreshments will be served. The event will be held in the Parish House of St. Johns Church, 78 Green Hill Road, in Washington.

The event is co-sponsored by the Steep Rock Association, the Lake Waramaug Association, the Lake Waramaug Task Force, and the Washington Conservation Commission.

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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.



Lake Waramaug Task Force has posted:

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 info@waramaugassoc.org with "notify me" in the subject line.


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