An amendment has been added to the invasive species stamp bill passed by the General Assembly. The amendment, offered by New Fairfield Representative Richard Smith is meant to improve quality of life for residents living around Candlewood Lake.
Any environmental conservation police officer of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was given the authority to enforce noise ordinances on the waters of any municipality that abuts Candlewood Lake. If there are different noise ordinances in the towns, En Con officers can enforce the one that establishes the most restrictive standard for noise.
Municipalities are not required to adopt a noise ordinance under this bill. DEEP is not required to hire additional personnel to enforce the local ordinances.
Smith says this was prompted by a group of boaters who tend to group together and blast music, not far from the shoreline. He says that not only has become a nuisance for other lake users around them, but also residents who have to close their windows during the summer.
The overall bill adds a fee to boat registrations for vessels operating on Connecticut waters, with the money directed to combating invasives.