DEEP: DEEP EnCon Police and other Candlewood Lake Area Law Enforcement Agencies Begin Enforcement against Unauthorized Oversized Vessels on Candlewood Lake

September 4, 2013
 
DEEP EnCon Police and other Candlewood Lake Area Law Enforcement Agencies Begin Enforcement against Unauthorized Oversized Vessels on Candlewood Lake

Law Enforcement May Issue Tickets for Non-Compliant Vessels beginning September 7, 2013
 
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police and other law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction on Candlewood Lake will begin issuing tickets on September 7th to operators of oversized vessels on Candlewood Lake that do not display an authorization decal issued by the agency.  The penalty for operating an oversized vessel on Candlewood Lake without an authorization decal is $75.00 and law enforcement may terminate the voyage of non-complying vessels.
 
This phase of enforcement follows a six month grace period in enforcement of new regulations that came into effect on March 6, 2013 requiring vessels 26 feet or larger operated on Candlewood Lake to display an authorization decal issued by the DEEP.  Authorization decals, once issued, stay with the vessel forever.
 
The vessel length regulation was proposed and implemented as directed by the Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) in Special Act 10-3.  The regulation limits the size of any new boat on the lake to less than 26 feet.  The purpose of the regulation is to halt the general escalation of vessel size on the lake, both a cause and a consequence of user conflict.
The DEEP is issuing authorization decals to those oversized vessels with a specific documented history on the lake and to boat retailers that had oversized boats in inventory prior to the effective date of the regulation.  So far, more than 140 such decals have been issued.  Decals are available until the end of 2014 and there is no cost to obtain one. 
 
“Requests for decals have been steady and are still coming in,” said Eleanor Mariani, DEEP Boating Division Director.  “Based on a prior boat count, we believe most boaters with oversized vessels have received the required authorization decal.  However, we encourage those boaters that can document time on the lake, as required, to come forward now as the grandfather period for oversized boats will come to an end.”
 
Applications for decals authorizing the use of an oversized vessel on Candlewood Lake are available on the DEEP website, through the DEEP Boating page.  Additional information regarding the regulation is also available on the DEEP Boating page or by calling Tim Delgado in the Boating Division at (860) 447-4354 or by email at timothy.delgado@ct.gov.