Shoreline Management Plan
What is a Shoreline Management Plan?
Most energy companies, like FirstLight Power, in the US are overseen and regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FirstLight has a license, issued by FERC, that allows them to use Candlewood Lake, as well as the other projects along the Housatonic River, to generate power. As part of that license, there are several requirements that FirstLight must comply with to retain their license to continue to use these resources for power generation. One such requirement (Article 407 in the License) requires that FirstLight create a Shoreline Management Plan (SMP).
The SMP outlines how development around the shoreline of projects (Candlewood Lake, Lake Lillinonah, Lake Zoar, the Housatonic River, etc.) will be managed by the owner of that land (FirstLight). This development must be managed in such a way as to ensure “protection and enhancement of the project’s scenic, recreational, and environmental values” while still allowing FirstLight to continue to conduct their power generation program. The SMP outlines many of the requirements laid out by FERC, including a plan for buffer zones to be created around the shoreline, ensuring access to the water by adjacent land owners, erosion control measures, how local zoning is involved in the permitting process for building within project lands, etc.
Does the SMP affect you?
If you own property on Candlewood Lake, or have an interest in the health and future of the Lake, it is important that you take the time to understand what is in the Shoreline Mangement Plan.