DEEP: Candlewood Lake

Candlewood Lake
 
The Regulations of the Connecticut State Agencies have been amended to restrict vessels 26 feet in length or greater from Candlewood Lake (becoming subsection (b) of RCSA Section 15-121-B15A). As part of this regulation, authorization to operate will be given to oversized vessels that have historically been used on Candlewood Lake and for oversized commercial and government vessels. Qualifying persons will need to apply to the Commissioner of the DEEP for an authorization decal for their oversized vessel, which will stay with the vessel for life. While there is an anticipated impact to small business, measures protective of business have been included.

Effective Date

The regulation will be effective March 6, 2013. The DEEP anticipates posting the boat launches by mid-December, 2012. Required forms will become available when the regulation is made effective.

Background

Through Special Act 10-3, the legislature of the State of Connecticut directed the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to amend the stateís regulations to restrict vessel length on Candlewood Lake. Public Notice of this proposed amendment was first published in the Connecticut Law Journal on November 29, 2011. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) held a public hearing on January 4, 2012 and accepted public comment until January 27, 2012. The DEEP revised the proposed amendment accordingly. The proposed amendment was considered by the Legislative Regulations Review Committee (LRRC) on August 28, 2012 and was rejected without prejudice based on the recommendation of the Legislative Commissionerís Office (LCO). It was resubmitted with changes on October 2, 2012 and was approved pending technical changes on October 23, 2012. The technical changes were made and the resultant regulation was filed with the Secretary of the State on October 31, 2012.

Additional Information

Any questions regarding this regulation can be asked by email to timothy.delgado@ct.gov, by telephone at (860) 447-4354, or by mail addressed to the Boating Division, Marine District Headquarters, P.O. Box 280, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

History

In July of 2009, the Connecticut General Assembly passed Special Act 09-12, requiring the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) to make recommendations concerning the maximum boat length and motor size permitted on Candlewood Lake. The DEEP reviewed existing data regarding lake use and conducted additional research to aid in making a policy suggestion. In August of 2009 DEEP staff conducted a count of all vessels docked and moored on the lake.

In addition to this data, DEEP staff felt it was necessary to solicit users of the lake for their comments and opinions before making any proposals. A survey was developed by Boating Division staff based on a similar study of recreational issues impacting Lake George in New York. The Lake George Recreation Study Plan was completed in 2006 by a private research firm, Adirondack Research, for the Lake George Park Commission. The survey was reviewed by representatives from each town surrounding the lake, the Candlewood Lake Authority (CLA) and several DEEP employees making up a panel tasked with making the recommendations. The survey was distributed online, at marinas, boat launches, and even by on water contacts with DEEP staff beginning in the first week of September. The DEEP accepted surveys postmarked by October 7, 2009.

 
Content Last Updated March 5, 2013.