Lake Raponda A1 Initiative


At the July 11, 2021 LRA meeting, Tom Laughlin introduced an opportunity for Lake Raponda to achieve a reclassification by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to A1 water quality level. His well summarized remarks are documented in this statement.

Oliver Pierson of the DEC has also provided two documents which Tom and the Lake Raponda Environmental Foundation have studied and vetted for several months before bringing this proposal to the LRA and watershed community. These are:

These documents supplement Tom’s summary and we hope they will stimulate questions and conversations that help our community determine what is in the best interest of Lake Raponda.Please take the time to read these documents.

Questions, comments and concerns can be sent to Ann Loughran at avgl@optonline.net or Jack Widness at john-widness@uiowa.edu

Additionally, the committee will endeavor to arrange one or two Zoom meetings with Oliver Pierson of the DEC. He sees this initiative as a means of protecting a high water quality lake with no additional regulations. Notification of details to come.

A vote to go forward or not with a Petition to reclassify Raponda to “A1" status will take place at the August 14 Lake Raponda Association meeting.

Thank you,

Ann Loughran, committee chair

Bob Brody

Scott Kurtzman

Jack Widness

Heidi Zizza

Chris Zizza


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