FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
initial plans to install a Water Quality District were voted down, your
Association is still working for you to ensure we have the funding
needed to continue protecting Quaddick Lake's water.
WHAT IS THE
OF THE QLA? To maintain
the water quality on Quaddick. The Association
is not a policing or regulatory agency.
CAN BE A MEMBER
OF THE QLA? The owner of each
property that is
has direct water access can join the Association. Fees are
$25 per year per voting member.
FOR ADDRESSING THE INVASIVE WEED CONTROL ON QUADDICK LAKE?
no official State DEEP program to
address these issues. When State funding becomes available, the only
parties that can apply are municipalities, lake associations that are
districts and lake authorities. As a result, the Association and the
homeowners around the lake must bear the burden of maintaining the
water quality on Quaddick.
WILL HAPPEN IF
THE INVASIVE WEEDS ARE NOT ADDRESSED?
1st - Excessive
weed growth leads to decreased oxygen level in the water which will
kill fish. QLA regularly monitors the oxygen saturation in the water
equipment obtained through a grant from the New England Grassroots
organization. The oxygen levels in the lake have increased as a result
treatment but only through proactive maintenance can this continue.
growth will eventually turn the lake into a swamp preventing
recreational activities such as swimming and boating. Property resale
CAN WEEDS BE
1. Lower the water
level in the off season. 8-9 feet is required to control the majority
of nuisance plant infestation. This is not feasible with the current
design of the dam. QLA has no control over the dam. Additionally, there
is a state requirement regarding outflow of the dam. The document
regarding Stream Flow Standards and Regulations can be found here.
Early freeze: a combination
of early freeze & lowering the water level has good effect. The
freeze is weather dependent.
Prevent introduction of
invasive weeds: wash boats prior to entering lake. Most boats enter via
the state park, where there is no boat wash or personnel to monitor the
Education: QLA received an
education grant and distributed education packets to owners of lake
front properties. Information for homeowners included using
non-phosphate based fertilizers. Fertilizers run off into the lake and
phosphate based fertilizers encourage weed growth.
Weed eating species: such
as Asian Carp. The process is costly, results are variable and it is
unknown how the addition of a different species of fish will affect the
aquatic environment. With this solution, there is no control of the
fish once they are put in the lake including ensuring they are sterile.
Hydro raking: Not a
preferred method due to breakage of vegetation that floats and re-roots
downstream but does provide seasonal control of milfoil &
to the individual homeowner from the abundant weed growth and makes the
waterfront usable until deep drawdowns or treatment can go forward.
Herbicides: After an annual
survey conducted by an outside agency, herbicide recommendations are
made. The treatment has to be approved by DEEP. DEEP requires 30-80%
vegetation of the shoreline to maintain the environment needed by the
pike. The pike are stocked annually by the State.
AVAILABLE FOR TREATMENT? The
grant received in 2007 from the state
fund one treatment but has funded several. The moneys from this grant
nearly exhausted. This grant was from capital funds for municipalities
choose how to use the funds. It is not expected that this will be
again, as the town needs the funds for other projects. There is also a
program called the Lakes
Grant Program. According to the CT DEEP,
this program has not had any funds since 2001. These funds can only be
surveys and to start a program. Quaddick received that grant prior to
revival of QLA in 2006 and therefore is not eligible to receive it
addition, QLA has facilitated multiple fund raisers which have not
adequate funds. Any donation you would like to make towards our cause
would be greatly appreciated. You can donate with your credit/debit
card or PayPal account below: