The immediate shoreline around the lake provides a critical protection component to the water quality. When an immediate shoreline has deep rooted vegetation around it, and especially a mixture of both low growing ground cover, mid height bushes and tall trees, the water quality benefits.
Eurasian Watermilfoil has been a problem for Candlewood Lake since the 1970's. Traditionally, the primary control method on Candlewood had been biennial deep draw downs. Over time, those became less effective, for reasons that may vary.
In 2015 the CLA began a sterile grass carp stocking program to help control this invasive aquatic plant.
Candlewood Lake is no doubt home to many people. This lake has over 1,500 waterfront residences, and countless others in lake communities surrounding the lake. As such, undeveloped land is at a premium - and necessary to prevent further degredation to water quality.
The CLA is dedicated to all effortsto preserving the undeveloped land remaining around Candlewood Lake.
The watershed of Candlewood Lake is the area that all water that enters Candlewood drains from. That means in many areas it goes far beyond the immediate shoreline - in fact many miles beyond in towns like New Fairfield and Sherman.
So why is a healthy, clean watershed important to the water quality here?