A dispute between the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and First Light Hydro Generating Company is continuing. FirstLight wants to expand West Cove Marina on Lake Lillinonah from 25 slips to 136 slips. DEEP rejected a November proposal to expand to 160 boat slips.
At that time, 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. First Light supplied newspaper clippings about the permitted slips. While it appears 75 slips were to be placed and that 100 existed, DEEP says the 1991 article was written before the slips were actually installed.
DEEP again called for proof in the form of rental documentation, slip assignment records, receipts and the like about the largest operation capacity of the marina, and when it was at that capacity.
A letter from DEEP to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 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 the marina.
DEEP also said there is a long history of conflicts between rowers and motorboats in this particular area of the lake.