Candlewood Lake Gets Pumpout Boat

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that it is now operating a new pumpout boat on Candlewood Lake.

The boat will be available on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Boaters wishing to schedule a pumpout should call (860-985-9474) during the scheduled hours. This is the first pumpout boat to be operated on a lake in Connecticut.

“Candlewood Lake is Connecticut’s largest lake and also one of the state’s most popular recreation destinations,” said DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty. “On any given weekend there are hundreds of boats on the lake, many with onboard toilets. It is vital that boat owners utilize pumpout facilities to maintain the health of the lake for everyone that visits and for the fish and wildlife that inhabit the lake.”

Candlewood Lake is over 5,000 acres and borders 5 towns. It has 2 state boat launches, 6 town launches, 10 marinas, and 2 yacht clubs along its shoreline. Currently, the DEEP is aware of only one pumpout facility on the lake. Boat count data from the Candlewood Lake Authority indicated that in 2009, there were almost 500 vessels on the lake with cabins. A survey of people using Candlewood Lake indicated that of the 536 people who responded, 12% reported having a portable toilet and a little over 2% had an installed toilet. Those surveyed indicated that sewage from boats was a concern.

The Candlewood Lake pumpout boat is funded through a grant from the Clean Vessel Act, which provides federal-funded matching grants for qualifying projects that provide boat sewage disposal facilities.

The DEEP is also looking for an organization to take over the Candlewood Lake pumpout boat program. Anyone interested, or to obtain more information about the Clean Vessel Act, contact Gwendolynn Flynn of the DEEP at gwendolynn.flynn@ct.gov or (860-447-4339).

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