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.
The Spring series of major crew regattas usually involve making a one-way road northerly from the intersection of West Shore Road, Golf Links Road through the State Park to the intersection with North Shore Road. Traffic in the opposing direction is diverted to Beardsley Road (a short distance) and back over Golf Links Road to West Shore.
The following is the schedule thus far:
Date School Start May 3 Gunnery Founders Day (22 schools) 8:00 a.m. May 9 Kent School Invitational (8 schools) 12:00 p.m. May 17 CT Public Schools (13 schools) 8:00 a.m.
There will be smaller weekday afternoon crew races not involving traffic diversions.
ANNUAL MEETINGLWA will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on June 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lake Waramaug Country Club. You'll learn about the latest developments in the protection and preservation of Lake Waramaug and meet and greet your neighbors! Mark your calendar and plan to attend.
JULY 4 FIREWORKSThe Lake Waramaug Association fireworks display will take place on Saturday, July 4th at 9:30 p.m. Flare lighting at 9:00 p.m. Rain date is Sunday July 5th.
HOPKINS VINEYARD TRIATHLONSaturday, July 18, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
This involves a lake swim, followed by a bicycle segment on the lake roads and ending with a road race on the Warren roads. For details and to register, visit www.hopkinsvineyardtri.com.
- A PDF of our Summer 2014 Newsletter
- Minutes of our June 8, 2014 Annual Meeting
- 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:
- Fall 2014 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
- 2013 Black Bear Sighting
- 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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