What is Lake Williams?
Lake Williams is a highly sought after destination for lake living and recreation in New London County, Connecticut. Its unique natural beauty, complete with islands dotting the lake, and known for its brilliant sunsets, fishing, boating, swimming and more, make this 286 acre waterside community one of the states best kept secrets.
Why Friends of Lake Williams?
In the Fall of 1997, an invasive aquatic plant named Variable Leaf Milfoil was discovered in Lake Williams and, in one year, covered approximately 40 acres and greatly affected the ability to enjoy the lake. Friends of Lake Williams, Inc. (FLW) was formed in 1998 entirely by volunteers to address this serious problem.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) advised that, based on the existing sediment and water depth in Lake Williams, untreated Milfoil would continue to rapidly spread, consuming the lake and negatively impact aquatic life. A University of Connecticut study also concluded that if left untreated property values would suffer significantly.
Who is Friends of Lake Williams/Why Are We Needed?
FLW is a non-profit organization IRS. FLW members educated themselves about milfoil, various treatment options and about lake management through seminars, membership in the Connecticut Federation of Lakes, discussions with consultants and the DEEP, as well as discussions with residents of other lakes facing similar issues.
Various accomplishments brought about with the support of members and donors:
- Produced informative newsletters for members, lake residents and town officials
- Influenced significant media coverage of the lake and its issues
- Educated town officials and established a strong and credible relationship with the Selectmen, Board of Finance and local State representatives
- Began an annual treatment program in coordination with the town government to reduce the spread of milfoil growth in the lake
- Began an annual fund raising campaign to subsidize half of the cost of the treatments
- Obtained two small state grants
- Conducted fishing classes for local children to raise awareness
- Helped influence a bill in the State legislature to ban the sale and transport of invasive aquatic plants in Connecticut.
- Co-sponsored a Boating Safety Course with the Lebanon Fire Department
Lastly, our water quality committee purchased equipment and supplies necessary to conduct a comprehensive ongoing water quality monitoring program beginning in the spring of 2002.
FLW is very pleased that Lebanon Town officials and residents are supportive of our efforts to preserve the lake. FLW also appreciates their members, members who have made donations in addition to payment of their annual dues and all of their dedicated volunteers. If you are a member of Friends of Lake Williams, please continue your support by renewing your membership for our fiscal year that begins July 1. If you are not a member, please consider joining to ensure a healthy future for the lake you enjoy. In any event, FLW encourages Town of Lebanon voters to continue supporting important budget items that are meant to ensure that Lake Williams will remain one of the town’s valuable assets and that it will continue to be a source of enjoyment for all.
To apply for membership, please print the application provided here, complete the form and mail it with your contribution to Friends of Lake Williams, PO Box 698, Hebron, CT 06248.