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Donations to LWTF

Please read our Our Annual Appeal letter.

The vital, ongoing operations of the Lake Waramaug Task Force are funded exclusively through generous, annual donations from concerned residents around the lake, within its watershed area and throughout the region.

We accept online donations, via PayPal and/or your credit card. Online donations are limited to $2,000 so if you plan to give more, kindly send a check to this address:

Lake Waramaug is a complex environmental organism and its water quality cannot be taken for granted. We are faced with challenges that must be continually monitored and contained (algae, phosphorus). In addition, new threats (such as invasive aquatic plants and pollution from unchecked development) must be anticipated, researched and combated on scientific, educational and political fronts.

...the lake's water quality cannot be taken for granted...
The Task Force is extremely grateful to our donors, without whom its important work could not be done, and we ask all who care about Lake Waramaug to join their numbers. The Lake Waramaug Task Force is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are fully tax deductible.

Questions concerning Task Force initiatives may be directed to:

Legacy Gifts to LWTF

Each year the Lake Waramaug Task Force receives many generous cash gifts that support our ongoing operating costs. However, we would be remiss if we also did not ask you to consider some other possibilities: Note: Please see your attorney or financial advisor for professional assistance. We are a duly qualified 501 (c) (3) organization and should be shown in any legal document as: Lake Waramaug Task Force, Inc.

Land Preservation

Among the most generous, effective and lasting gifts that can be made to the Lake Waramaug community and its environmental health are gifts of land and conservation easements. There are still undeveloped parcels of land on the lake and many more in the immediate vicinity and in locations throughout the watershed that may be critical to water quality due to their proximity to feeder streams.

...making sure the land is preserved as undeveloped land in perpetuity.
Land within the watershed, when developed without a carefully researched environmental plan, can be seriously detrimental to lake water. This is due to the sheer volume of pollutants and nutrients introduced into the ground and also to the increased percentage of impervious surfaces (roofs, driveways, etc.) which can funnel unfiltered water more directly into the lake.

You may wish to give a parcel of land outright to the Task Force. Or you may wish to retain ownership of your land and grant a conservation easement to the Task Force, effectively charging the Task Force with enforcing that easement and making sure the land is preserved as undeveloped land in perpetuity. Or, as some of your neighbors have done, you may wish to donate a parcel of land to a local land trust, then grant a conservation easement on that land to the Task Force.

Local land trust organizations you may contact include the Warren Land Trust, Kent Land Trust, Steep Rock Association in Washington and Weantinoge Heritage, a regional land trust based in New Milford. A sample conservation easement, which can be customized to meet your specific concerns, can be provided to you upon request.

In brief, the fair market value of your donation is a tax deduction you may take. Normally the maximum is 30% of adjusted gross income, but this has been increased to 50% for gifts of conservation easements made through December 31, 2011. If the tax benefits from a gift are not fully realized in the first year, the balance may "roll over" allowing normally another five years of tax deductions. This "roll over" period also has been increased to a total of 16 years for gifts of conservation easements made through December 31, 2011.

Needless to say, prospective donors should consult their attorneys and financial advisors. Information from the Task Force may be obtained by writing or calling:

Thank you!

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