Zebra Mussel Alert
First New Confirmation of this Invasive Species
In October 2010, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that the aquatic invasive species, Zebra mussel, has been discovered in Lake Zoar and Lake Lillinonah, two large impound-ments on the Housatonic River in western Connecticut.
Lake Lillinonah and Lake Zoar are impoundments formed by large hydropower dams in the Housatonic River. Candlewood Lake, located upstream of these two lakes, is also hydrologically connected to the Housatonic River – water is both taken in from the river and released back to the river depending on the time of year for power generation.
Therefore, what flows down the Housatonic River from its headwaters in Massachusetts is likely to eventually flow into these three large lakes. In addition, there is a significant amount of traffic from boaters, fishermen, and divers between these lakes and the river. So the discovery of zebra mussels in Zoar and Lillinonah is not just an isolated concern for these two lake communities, but rather a serious threat to the entire watershed.
The Task Force
HVA serves on this task force.
The Task Force has published a final report on this issue. Click here for a copy of the report. Below is a list of Appendices to the report.
Individuals wishing to report possible sightings of zebra mussels and other aquatic nuisance species can contact DEP’s Inland Fisheries Division at 860-424-3474
More information on zebra mussels and other aquatic nuisance species can be found on the DEP website (www.ct.gov/dep),
Before Leaving a Boat Launch
2010-2011 Connecticut Zebra Mussel Task Force Members:
Bart Conant – Echo Bay Marina
Bernie Lintzner – Lake Zoar Authority
David Santos – Conservation Director of the CT BASS Federation Nation
Dr. Mitch Wagener – WCSU Biology and Environmental Science Department
Eleanor Mariani – Director of the CT DEP Boating Division
Gary Smolen – FirstLight Power Resources
Greg Bollard – Friends of the Lake (Lake Lillinonah), Water Quality Division Chair
Larry Marsicano – Executive Director of the Candlewood Lake Authority
Linda Berger – Sherman Resident (Atchison Cove Tax District); Vice Chair IWWC
Mark Howarth – Candlewood Lake Authority Staff
Mark Propper – Candlewood Lakefront resident for 35 years; CLUB*A member
Meghan Ruta – HVA Water Protection Manager
Peter Aarrestad – Director of the CT DEP Inland Fisheries Division
Phyllis Schaer – Candlewood Lake Authority Delegate, Invasive Species Subcommittee Chair
Ray Crawford – Candlewood Lakefront Resident; Engineer & Master Diver
Tom Beecher – Chairman of the New Milford Park and Recreation Commission
Zebra Mussel Presentation
at February 2012 forum cosponsored
by HVA and Bard College
Douglas A. Jensen
Aquatic Invasive Species
Minnesota Sea Grant Program
Also read the
Zebra Mussel Forum