This is Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Weekend.
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is holding events to educate boaters about clean and safe boating practices and conducting vessel inspections. Because of their ability to grow quickly and outcompete other species, many aquatic invasive plants form dense mats just under the water surface, which can be hazardous to recreational boaters and swimmers.
Zebra mussels have also colonized in several lakes and ponds in Western Connecticut.
DEEP staff will be at several boat launches Saturday and Sunday 7am to 3pm. They include Lake Zoar at Scout Road in Southbury and Lake Lillinonah at Hanover Road in Bridgewater. Staff will also be at Lattins Cove off Forty Acre Mountain Road in Danbury and Squantz Pond Cove off Old Bogus Road in New Fairfield on Candlewood Lake.