The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has written to a federal agency in opposition to a marina expansion on Lake Lillinonah. In a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DEEP said they were concerned with the proposed expansion of West Cove Marina from 25 slips to 136 slips.
DEEP rejected a November proposal to expand to 160 boat slips.
The letter says that this branch of Lake Lillinonah is very narrow and based on current conditions there have been a number of documented reports of conflicts between rowers and motorboats in this particular section of the lake. The state says in the interest of navigation safety and to avoid traffic congestion, the department does not support the expansion of West Cove Marina.
In the 2015 denial letter, DEEP wrote that they would support a smaller expansion of the marina if the applicant were to provide historical documentation about the maximum authorized operating size.