Frequently Asked Questions:

What impact can "The Woodridge Lake Conservancy" have on the overall health of the Lake?

It has become clear that a well- funded non-profit organization is required to protect the interest of homeowners who have a strong desire to continue to use natural means to preserve, conserve, and improve the quality of the lake.

What steps can I take to support this cause?

(1) Join “The Woodridge Lake Conservancy”.  (2) Stay educated and up to date on this issue.  (3) Contact the Board to express your views and (4) If you are a homeowner, consider running for the Board or joining the Lake and Dam Committee.

What are the legal ramifications of using herbicides?

While the State of CT may permit their use, no one can predict when or if a lawsuit might be filed against the Homeowners Association, given that we feed the Waterbury watershed for their drinking water.  The State of CT cannot protect us from liability in a lawsuit.

What would it cost to insure the Homeowners Association if an application of herbicides were performed?

Aon Environmental Services concluded the cost of an appropriate policy to insure the risk would range from $100,000 to $125,000 for each application applied.  This includes a $25 million liability policy with a 10 year tail.

What harm can come from one application of herbicides?

It is a common myth that one application will “get rid of” invasive weeds.  These herbicides work for 2, maybe 3, years then have to be reapplied.  If the Board decides on use of herbicides as a means of controlling weeds, this is a never-ending cycle of re-application every few years.

How bad is the "weed problem" at Woodridge Lake?

To answer that question it is necessary to separate out what is a weed “problem” from what are normal weeds that are a natural part of the lake.  Milfoil, an invasive species of weed, introduced into our lake inadvertently in the last 15-20 years, can take over a lake.  This has been occasionally documented but only in very shallow lakes.  Woodridge Lake will never be “taken over” by milfoil, because it can’t grow in most of the deepest parts of the lake, due to lack of sunlight.  In fact our lake is an extremely healthy lake right now.  In the north cove and the dock area, weeds can be more plentiful.  That is why we need natural ways of containing it, such as lake draw-downs (which work when it gets cold enough by freezing and killing the roots), suction harvesting, dredging, bottom barriers, and other methods.  A combination of these will effectively contain milfoil.  It is impossible to eradicate milfoil altogether.  While milfoil can be problematic, it is hardly a catastrophe at Woodridge Lake.  Many of the weeds that are seen often in the north cove are not invasive but are in fact pond weed which is a plant native to our area.  It can be effectively contained using our weed harvester.