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Shoreline Management Plan for Candlewood Lake up for review

When the Shoreline Management Plan for Candlewood Lake was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2013, they established a six-year review period, triggering the current review process. The final draft of the document must be submitted by FirstLight on March 27th. 

There are several proposed changes.  The Candlewood Lake Authority says given the many challenges that the lake faces, the CLA hopes to strengthen the existing plan. 

FirstLight has scheduled a Stakeholder meeting on February 19th where members of the Lake Advisory Committee, including municipal representatives, lake authority representatives, and representatives from other organizations like DEEP, the Fish and Wildlife Service, can submit comments. This will also be followed by a yet to be scheduled public meeting when members of the public can express their thoughts and concerns. 

The CLA has submitted their concerns to FERC and directly to FirstLight.  The company is looking at their suggestions and may make some changes. Since it is a draft document, it's subject to change by FirstLight until the final due date on March 27th.

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