Candlewood Lake, which is Connecticut’s largest lake, was man made in December 1928 on private property near where Wood Creek and the Rocky River met with the Housatonic River. Connecticut Light and Power Company had acquired the entire valley for a pumped storage hydroelectric reservoir to serve a generating plant in New Milford, which powers electric plants in Southbury and Monroe.
 It took 2.2 billion gallons of water to fill the 5,420-acre land. The lake is about 11 miles long, 2 miles wide at its widest point,
has over 60 miles of shoreline, has an average depth around 30 feet with the maximum depth being around 85 feet.
The lake is about 428 feet above sea level.     

 Video of Plane Ride over the Lake         Candlewood

Where Bass fishermen hold more than 100 tournaments a year.

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Lake Lillinonah (1,900 acres)  is a Housatonic River fed lake and is man made  friends of  the lake

Your dog can go swimming in water with an algae bloom, lick his fur later on, get sick and die," said Greg Bollard, a member of the Friends
of the Lake, the advocacy group for Lake Lillinonah.

 Bantam Lake is the largest natural lake in the state of Connecticut at 916 acres.

Weed Problems

Pond Weed & Lake Rake - Beach Buddy Rake on Wheels  (youtube)

Lake Weed Roller 

Weeders Digest Lake Weeds Removal Info

 Lake Restoration      ysi systems    ysi    Algaecide    Phosphorus from Danbury's wastewater treatment plant

Myriophyllum Spicatum  /  Euraisian Water Milfoil

Lake Weed Identification        Algal Bloom      Cyanobacteria      Chlorophyll      Planktonic Algae

Weed-eating carp coming to Candlewood Lake
Some $50,000 worth of the fish -- a shy carp species that is bred to be sterile
-- are scheduled to be stocked in the weediest regions of 5,400-acre Candlewood
Lake in May, 2015

To fight the cyanobacteria is to introduce zooplankton
The aerators are the size of school buses and are placed 15 feet below the
surface. The oxygen produced combines with the iron in the soil and captures the
phosphorus, pulling it down to the bottom.
Unfortunately, the zooplankton are eaten by the alewives the state Department of
Energy and Environmental Protection stocked the lake with in hopes of making it a
trophy bass location.
This prompted the task force to add brown trout to eat the alewives and give the
zooplankton a chance to eat the cyanobacteria.
Four aerators and the two associated compressors throughout the lake have helped
lower the cyanobacteria levels by adding oxygen throughout the water column and
mixing it to prevent the blooms from forming on the top layer of the lake
Since 1999, the lake has gone from an average of about 42,000 algal cells per
milliliter in 1999 to 15,000 cells per milliliter last year. The federal limit is
100,000 cells per milliliter.
The task force also inspects boats entering the lake to prevent the spread of
invasive plants and pulls or suctions out any invasive plants already in the
lake. The most common invasive plant is curly leaf pondweed. They’re also
training others on the lake to spot invasive plants.

17 million tons of road salt spread on streets, highways, and parking lots each year in the United States. As a kid in Connecticut, it occurred that all the rock salt on the roads draining into streams and ponds must have some sort of impact on the environment. And realized that the dissolved sodium chloride could actually be driving natural selection. “It’s been shown for years now that freshwater bodies are becoming salinized by road salt. Some are even reaching concentrations found in brackish water,” he says. “I thought someone had to have studied the evolutionary impact of this before.”

Invasive Species

Zebra Mussels (Wiki)