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The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has responded to public comments submitted about proposed improvements to the Candlewood Lake State boat launch at Squantz Cove in New Fairfield.  The draft design plan was released in March and a public information meeting was held that month.  Plans call for a fixed toilet building.  DEEP is considering the installation of gates for when the launch is filled to capacity.  DEEP is looking into removing the island in the turning area and adding another section for rigging boats to provide additional space for boaters to prep for launch. 75-percent of the renovations will be funded with federal dollars, with 25-percent state matching funds.  Once the design is complete, the permits will have to be obtained.  DEEP estimates this could take about six months.  There are no set timelines for the work, but during that time the launch will be closed for renovations due to liability.  The goal is to do construction during the off-season to minimize impacts to boating access.

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