DEP to study use of Candlewood Lake State asks recreational users to do its survey

State asks recreational users to do its survey

A survey for people involved with Candlewood Lake in all its various aspects has been issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The DEP wants to hear from anyone, whether as owner of a kayak or a cabin cruiser, if living on Pocono Point or in the Poconos.

The survey form is now available on the Web site of the Candlewood Lake Authority at Deadline for completion will be Oct. 7.

The DEP will use the responses as guidance in writing a report on the lake's recreational use. The DEP must complete that report by February to meet the mandate of legislation written by state Rep. Mary Ann Carson (R-107th) from New Fairfield.

The bill was passed by the state General Assembly in July and requires the DEP, in consultation with area town leaders, to make recommendations concerning "the maximum boat length and maximum motor size permitted on Candlewood Lake."

To do that, the DEP and others can consider a range of other issues, including safety, access to the lake, noise pollution, user conflicts and the lake's carrying capacity -- how many boats can safely be on its waters at any one time.

"A lot of people have a lot of different opinions about the lake,'' said Larry Marsicano, the lake authority's executive director. "Here's the chance to register that opinion.''

Mr. Marsicano said people are bound to look at the lake differently, because so many people use it for different recreational activities.

"It happens at national parks,'' he said. "Whenever you have a lot of people using a resource for different purposes, you get conflicts.''