Town of Bethlehem Connecticut

Long Meadow Lake Management Committee





Care and Feeding of the Lake

Works in Progress

About Us




The Long Meadow Lake Management Committee provides lake, shoreline, and watershed management planning to foster the preservation and enhancement of physical, chemical and biological features that support habitat and recreational uses for the towns of Bethlehem and Morris


Long Meadow Lake covers approximately 110 acres with a watershed of 1170 acres.  The lake has a maximum depth of about 14 feet and a mean depth of six feet.  While a significant portion of the watershed is located in Morris, most of the lake is located in Bethlehem.  It is a small natural lake, enlarged by the construction of a dam in 1865. 

The Long Meadow Lake Management Committee (LMLMC) has been working to develop and implement a holistic lake management plan to improve the water quality in the lake.  It is important to view Long Meadow Lake and its watershed as an ecosystem.  Rather than focusing on short term results, the goal is to develop long term goals and strategies.  Prevention of water quality problems is less expensive than remediation once those problems occur.

A Diagnostic/Feasibility report was prepared in May 2002 by ENSR International Water Resources Group.  This report provides scientific information that analyzes the characteristics of the lake and its watershed, and outlines potential objectives and practices.  A copy of this report is available at the Bethlehem Public Library.  LMLMC will be happy to provide copies of the report on CD upon request.

1. ENSR International Water Resources Group, USGS topographic digitalized maps (7.5 min.), MAGIC 2001

Ever Wonder......?


What is a watershed anyway?





Richard Napiello

Phone: (203) 266-7009


We encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns.  We meet in the Town Hall every first Thursday of the month, at 7:00 p.m. (from April through October).  Our meetings are open to the public and you are welcome and encouraged to voice your ideas.  Lust us know if you or someone you know would like to be added to or removed from our mailing list, or if changes in your mailing address need to be made.  We thank you for your interest and look forward to a cleaner and healthier lake.


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