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Bear sighted on West Shore Road, May 27, 2016 |  May 2016 Newsletter

Boat Launch Opens April 16

For hours, fees, and regulations, see the Boating section of the Recreation page.

Save the Date: Sunday, June 12 @ 2:00 p.m.

LWA will hold its Annual Membership Meeting at the Lake Waramaug Country Club. Mark your calendar and plan to attend. You'll learn about the latest developments in the protection and preservation of Lake Waramaug and meet and greet your neighbors!

Lake Waramaug Association Fireworks

The annual display will take place on Saturday, July 2nd at 9:30 p.m. (Flare lighting at 9:00 p.m.) Rain date is Sunday, July 3rd.

Hopkins Vineyard Triathlon

This event will take place on Saturday, July 16 beginning at 8:00 a.m. It includes a lake swim, followed by a bicycle segment on the lake roads and ending with a road race on the Warren roads. For details visit: www.hopkinsvineyardtri.com

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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.

Lake Waramaug Task Force Posts

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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