24 July 2013

• Up the Housatonic River to Lake Lillinonah

“Created by the Shepaug Dam in Southbury and Newtown, it’s the first major impoundment on the Housatonic River. Stormwater pollution make its first stop there.

”So, in all likelihood, have the polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, that General Electric Co. released from its manufacturing plant in Pittsfield, Mass.

”Because it’s part of the Housatonic River, water is constantly flowing through it. Because its owner, FirstLight Power Resources, can raise or lower the lake dramatically to generate power at the dam, its height can change rapidly.

”It also gets an extra load of phosphorus from Danbury’s wastewater treatment plant. That feeds the lake algae blooms, which can be severe and long-lived….”

Read the full article at this link: NorwalkCitizenOnLine.com

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