Welcome To The New CFL!
The Connecticut Federation of Lakes (CFL) is the Voice of Connecticut Lakes.
Connecticut lakes need a voice to represent them at the local and state government levels, to educate the public, and to help create an environmental ethic for lakes so these important inland water bodies can become and/or remain the healthy, desirable natural resources our families and friends deserve.
Although lakes have not been neglected, they have suffered over the years just as have the Long Island Sound and our rivers. High-density populations around lakes, septic problems, stormwater runoff, erosion, nutrient loading, exotic species, and other causes of environmental degradation have damaged many of our lakes and ponds.
Our lakes are very fragile, but with public education, remedial programs, and political action they can be protected. The CFL was formed by those who wanted to help.
The CFL is a partner, a resource, a sounding board, a clearinghouse, and even an advocate in local, state, and national matters as they pertain to CT lakes. The CFL wants to help you in your efforts to protect your lake, pond, and/or watershed to be healthier now and in the future.
"Save Our Lakes" Specialty Plates are Available!!
CFL designed a specialty license plate to enhance public awareness of the states efforts to preserve and protect the states lakes and ponds from aquatic invasive species and cyanobacteria blooms.
Order yours today!
Please note the prices on the linked page are not current. The correct prices are on the application form.
CFL Joins Amazon Smile
Put Your Shopping to Work for CFL
Connecticut Federation of Lakes (CFL) is now registered under the AmazonSmile program. By selecting the CFL as one of your designated charities that you want to support, Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases you make to CFL.
To sign up for AmazonSmile and learn more click the button.
CT Lake Watch - Community-Based Lake and Pond Water Quality Monitoring
CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP)
The Connecticut Lake Watch network is a statewide volunteer (i.e., community science) water quality monitoring program coordinated by CTDEEP as part of the larger Connecticut Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program.
A Call to Action
H.B. 5143, An Act Establishing an Office of Aquatic Invasive Species will provide funding for the CT Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) to combat the damage invasive species are doing to our lakes and rivers. This funding will also enable CAES to better support the efforts of municipalities and property owners who are working to control aquatic invasive species and will benefit all CT residents who recreate on state waters. H.B. 5143 is in the Appropriations Committee budget, and we need you to urge your State Representative and Senator to support including this funding in the Budget Implementer bill. If you have any questions about this legislation, you may contact Bill Hyatt at 860-402-6947. Utilize the links below to become familiar with the bill, find your Legislator's contact information, and write a quick letter or email to allow your lakes voice to be heard!
There was an amendment to PA 21-12 that changed the open season for trout. See the link to read the amendment.
sSB-240 was approved by the Environmental Committee on 3/29/22 An Act Concerning the Use of Sodium Chloride to Mitigate Snow and Ice Accumulations.
Please email us at [email protected] if you know of legislation that would be useful to follow.
Become A Member
Please keep CFL in mind and be sure to pay your 2022 dues. The CFL is planning to continue to be active in presenting our monthly collaboratives via Zoom. Many of our members are now seeing the fruits of our effort to create funding for fighting invasive species. CFL will, once again, award grants to support our member's efforts.
We all hope and expect that the lake season will be better for us all. Keeping your membership up will let us make 2022 our best year yet!