Lake Housatonic Authority

runMarine Patrol

The LHA acts as agent for the member towns in regard to patrolling Lake Housatonic to insure safe operation of watercraft.

scaleWeed Abatement

The LHA owns, staffs and operates a "weed harvester" to mow river bottom weeds when they become hazardous.

healthyWater Quality

The LHA has implemented a Water Quality Monitoring Program to generate a baseline that is indicative of the overall "health" or quality of the water.

Presence of Zebra Mussels confirmed in Lake Housatonic

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) confirmed that zebra mussels have been found in Lake Housatonic. The adult zebra mussels were found by divers working for Biodrawversity LLC, the consulting firm hired by DEEP to survey for zebra mussels in the Housatonic River system and other nearby high calcium content waters. Federal Aquatic Nuisance Species funding was used to fund this survey.

The presence of zebra mussels is not unexpected as the mussels were found in Lakes Zoar and Lillinonah, the two large impoundments located immediately upstream of Lake Housatonic, in November, 2010. Zebra mussels were first found in the Housatonic River in 2009 when they were discovered in Laurel Lake in Lee, Massachusetts, and subsequent sampling found them in the lake's outflow into the mainstem river.

The non-native zebra mussel is a black and white-striped bivalve mollusk that was unintentionally introduced into North American waters through the discharge of ship ballast water. Since its discovery in Lake St. Clair (Michigan/Ontario) in 1988, the zebra mussel has spread throughout the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River system and most of New York State including Lake Champlain and the Hudson River. More recently, both zebra mussels and quagga mussels (a related species) have been expanding their range into a number of western and southwestern states. Read more...

Vessel Safety Check (VSC)

A Vessel Safety Check is a courtesy examination of your boat (Vessel) to verify the presence and condition of certain Safety Equipment required by State and the Federal regulations. All LHAMP officers have been specially trained to inspect your vessel. They will also make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will make you a safer boater.

This is not boarding or a law enforcement issue. No citations will be given as a result of this encounter. We will supply you with a copy of our evaluation so that you may follow some of the suggestions given. Vessels that pass will be able to display a distinctive VSC decal. This does not exempt you from law enforcement boarding, but you can be prepared to make this a positive encounter. Read more...