Squadron Events

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Squadron Park will open for the season

Saturday May 13, 2017

The cleanup and opening of our Candlewood Lake Squadron Park is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, with a rain date of Sunday, May 14.

We could use your help! Raking leaves, cleaning tables, painting, carpentry.... Whatever your skill and capabilities, we welcome the help.

We can get you there. We'll be leaving the Danbury Yacht Club (next to Danbury Town Park) at 8:30 AM.

Contact our Commander, TJ Panzica at 203-313-3506


Location: Candlewood Lake
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The Squadron's Change of Watch took place on April 6, 2017.

The dinner event took place at Nico's Pizza and Pasta Restaurant in Danbury.


The Squadron's Holiday Party took place on December 11, 2016.

The Sunday brunch event occurred at Barbarie's Black Angus Grill in Danbury.


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FirstLight just sent the below press release updating the 2016/2017 winter drawdown.


With the recent finding of adult zebra mussels in the Housatonic River in the area of the pumping station, there is now an increased risk in pumping adult zebra mussels up into Candlewood.  To reduce the likelihood of pumping adult zebra mussels into Candlewood Lake, FirstLight will be conducting a shallow drawdown this winter. 


See below for details.







November 18, 2016


Candlewood Drawdown to Change Due to Discovery of Zebra Mussels


New Milford, CT -- FirstLight Power Resources, the owner and operator of the Rocky River power station and Candlewood Lake, recently discovered the presence of adult zebra mussels attached to the foundation of the station and riprap along the shoreline of the Housatonic River near the station. While zebra mussels have been observed in the river and in Lakes Lillinonah and Zoar since 2009, this is the first time adults were found attached to the Rocky River Station where water is pumped up to refill Candlewood Lake. For the past 5 years FirstLight has voluntarily restricted pumping water into Candlewood during times when zebra mussels reproduce to prevent the spread of the veligers (baby zebra mussels), which can float downstream from adult populations. These restrictions, which are based on water temperatures, have been highly successful to date. However, given the close proximity of these adult zebra mussels and others nearby in the Housatonic River, there is a high likelihood that the adults, which are not affected by river temperatures, will be pumped into the lake. Candlewood Lake is a manmade lake which can only be sustained through the pumping efforts of the station. Drought conditions and the current low water levels on Candlewood Lake necessitate pumping from the Housatonic River to return the lake to a usable level prior to the start of the fishing and recreational seasons in 2017.


In consultation with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Candlewood Lake Authority (CLA), FirstLight has altered the drawdown scheduled for the winter. All parties have agreed that a shallower drawdown than was previously scheduled will reduce the amount of water required to refill the lake in the spring, which will in turn reduce the likelihood that zebra mussels will be pumped into the lake. FirstLight will continue to adhere to voluntary pumping restrictions to continue to prevent the spread of veligers into the lake.






Candlewood Lake Authority

PO Box 37

Sherman, CT 06784

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