Ensuring Water Quality & Boating Safety
The Lake Zoar Authority is a multi-town organization consisting of representatives from the four towns that border the lake – Monroe, Newtown, Oxford, and Southbury. The Lake Zoar Authority is tasked with the goals of improving water quality and promoting safe boating on the lake.
Water quality is a primary area of focus for the Lake Zoar Authority. The LZA performs regular water testing for eColi and other conditions at several locations throughout the lake. The results are sent to the four member towns and the appropriate health departments. The towns and/or DEP also test water at public beaches.
The LZA’s role is information gathering. The LZA also participates in water studies to learn more about the changing conditions of the water. In addition to quality, the LZA has an extensive program to control the growth of invasive weeds and as funds allow the most infested areas are treated with an herbicide that is used in over 150 lakes in CT each year.
An objective of the LZA is to be a resource for the users of the lake. A primary means of education is the safety inspections performed throughout the summer by the marine patrol. The LZA plans to host more safety awareness days, coordinate with the Coast Guard Auxiliary for inspections at boat launches and to use this website to help all users of the lake understand more about safe boating and responsible use of the lake.
Remember, Connecticut residents are required to have a Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate or Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation on their person when operating a boat/PWC in CT. Individuals must successfully complete an approved basic boating course to obtain a certificate. (There are many sources for the safe boating classes including the USCG Auxiliary, see link below for more information.)