Lake Waramaug OrganizationsThere are several organizations involved with matters affecting Lake Waramaug. Who does what? Here's a basic guide to the primary functions of each:
- The Lake Waramaug Task Force, Inc. (www.lwtf.org)
The mission of the Task Force is restoring and preserving the water quality and ecology of the lake and its watershed. This is accomplished through research, monitoring, operation of water restoration systems, land preservation, invasive plant control/removal and education. The task force is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of volunteers and scientists which has an annual budget of over $150,000. The Task Force depends upon contributions from concerned citizens throughout the region. Its focus is purely scientific and its accomplishments are well regarded internationally.
- The Lake Waramaug Association, Inc. (www.waramaugassoc.org)
The Association is devoted to quality of life issues associated with the lake. This includes lake ecology but also extends to matters of water and road safety, health, sanitation and the effective administration of zoning and inland wetlands regulations. It is a non-profit organization supported by annual dues from property owners and additional contributions from others in the region who are interested in protecting Lake Waramaug.
- The Lake Waramaug Authority
The primary purpose of the Authority is the enforcement of state boating laws; including dock, buoy and float placement and permits, and lake patrolling and rescue. It was established by ordinances of, and is financially supported by, the Towns of Washington, Warren and Kent.
- The Lake Waramaug Interlocal Commission
The Interlocal Commission facilitates cooperation among the lake's three border towns in the management of lake matters and financing of water quality initiatives, including utility and maintenance cost for the Task Force's restoration systems. The Commission consists of the first selectmen of the three towns (Washington, Warren and Kent).
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