The New Fairfield Board of Selectmen has voted to approve $7,000 for lake studies, surveying and weed mapping. The money would partially fund the proposal by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station to monitor invasive plants in Candlewood Lake and Squantz Pond.
The money would be allocated pending support of other surrounding towns.
All three of the town's delegates to the Candlewood Lake Authority have recommended having Dr. Greg Bugbee do this survey and weed mapping, since he has done this study since 2007. First Selectman Pat Del Monaco supported the proposal, and spoke about having consistency with the studies and keeping the same entity conducting the work.
Selectman Kim Hanson voted in opposition. He said the study was redundant and noted that that is has already been done by CLA and Dr. George Knoecklein. Hanson recommended hiring a limnologist if a study really needs to be done.
New Fairfield has approximately $27,000 in the Capital and Nonrecurring fund for lake studies, surveying and weed mapping.