In 1972 the Candlewood Lake Authority was formed under State Statues (Sec. 7-151a) by the Ordinace of the five Lake municipalities: Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford and Sherman. At the time, its primary function was providing public safety and administrative support for the Marine Patrol, which was enforcing boating regulations under the authority of a State of Connecticut law enforcement agency.
In the early 1980's local communities witnessed a rise in pollutants, algae blooms and invasive Eurasian watermilfoil, and the subsequent decline in water quality emerged as an equally important Lake-related issue that needed to be addressed.
Since that time the CLA has not only provided for the safety of the boating public, but has also served to protect the ecological assets of Candlewood Lake and its water quality.
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