Town of Bethlehem Connecticut

Long Meadow Lake Management Committee





Care and Feeding of the Watershed



Long Meadow Lake Committee was established as a town agency in 1951. At that time the lake was a very different body of water from what it is today. Probably the most visible and audible difference was that back then powerboats were allowed. A set of ordinances was established that set the speed limit at 15 mph, limited the use of motors to certain hours, and prohibited water skiing.  The committee’s most important responsibility then was to manage the public beach, build and maintain old wooden docks and bathhouse, hire a lifeguard, etc. We would also purchase and apply weed killer to areas around the town beach and Kasson Grove beach.

                With increased state supervision of environmental issues it became problematic for the committee to continue the weed control. New regulations and permit applications made it necessary to retain a commercial applicator. The old wooden docks and floats were replaced with aluminum products.  This reduced much of the maintenance and made the annual installation and removal much easier.

                The most meaningful change for the committee occurred in 1999 when the responsibility of the beach area and the lifeguard were turned over to the Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Commission. This is when we “morphed” into the Long Meadow Lake Management Committee with our major goal and responsibility being the long-term health of the lake. We changed from being focused on what was happening on the lake to what was happening in the lake.

Understand the Law:

In 2004 the State Legislature passed a law that states " person shall import, move, sell, purchase, possess, transplant, cultivate or distribute any of the following invasive plants: Curly Leaf Pondweed (Potamogeton crispus); Fanwort (Cabomba caroliniana); Eurasian Water Milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum); Variable Water Milfoil (Myriophyllum heterophyllum); Water Chestnut (Trapa natans); Egeria (Egeria densa); and Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillate); {Any person who violates the provisions of this subsection shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars.

Bethlehem Code 93-7 states that "Homeowner private docks may be no more than six feet wide by twenty feet in length. Private floating rafts are prohibited". Any person violating this code shall be fined $100 per day for the duration of the violation.





Richard Napiello

Phone: (203) 266-7510 - Please leave a message

We encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns. We meet in the Bethlehem Public Library 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. We thank you for your interest and look forward to a cleaner and healthier lake.