OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5583

AN ACT CONCERNING AN AGREEMENT REGARDING ANNUAL WATER LEVEL DRAW DOWNS AT BASHAN LAKE IN THE TOWN OF EAST HADDAM.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the energy and environmental protection commissioner to enter into an agreement with the town of East Haddam and the Bashan Lake Association by November 1, 2017 regarding a schedule for annual water level draw downs of Lake Bashan.

The parties must agree on a draw down level that controls weeds and prevents property damage, property erosion into the lake, and association property devaluation. The bill specifies that the draw downs must be designed to balance the concerns of the lake community, including recreational needs, lakefront infrastructure preservation, fisheries habitat, and other natural resource concerns.

The bill requires the Bashan Lake Association to monitor Bashan Lake and submit to East Haddam any petition about a draw down at least 60 days before a draw down is to begin.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

29

Nay

0

(03/16/2016)