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Public hearing in New Fairfield about adding herbicides to Candlewood Lake

Solitude Lake Management will make a presentation tonight in New Fairfield about adding herbicides and algaecides to part of Candlewood Lake.  Representatives from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will explain the state permitting process at tonight's public hearing.  Members of the Candlewood Lake Authority will also be offering comment. 


The public hearing is slated for 7 to 9pm at Meeting House Hill School, but residents are encouraged to sign up starting at 6:15pm. 


Solitude, a consulting company, was brought in by New Fairfield officials to address issues posed by blue-green algae blooms and invasive Eurasian watermilfoil.  The proposal calls for treating 50 acres in Town Park Cove and 10 acres in Shelter Harbor Cove. 


$30,000 of the $52,400 cost is being paid for with surplus funds from last fiscal year's budget.  The town has applied to lake owner FirstLight Power Resources for a grant to cover the balance.

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