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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE TOWN OF BOLTON

On June 28, 2024, Town of Bolton staff became aware of an issue with some tax bills being calculated with the previous assessed value and the new mil rate resulting in undervalued tax bills. Further investigation revealed that this affected 556 accounts. Those accounts are being rebilled correctly. Only those 556 affected accounts have a revised deadline of August 30, 2024, to pay without penalty. All other tax bills are due not later than August 1, 2024. Closer investigation also found that the grand list calculations were incorrect, and it is $30,703,164.00 lower than it should be. With the current mil rate and the new grand list valuation the Town will collect approximately $1,000,000.00 more in taxes than is necessary to operate the Town for the current fiscal year. The Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee met on July 8, 2024, to discuss this matter. At their meeting they determined that they would continue to collect taxes based on the proper evaluations and the current mil rate. They also were in consensus that they would like to return funds to taxpayers in excess of the amount approved by taxpayers for this fiscal year. In an effort to determine the best way to accomplish that they formed an ad hoc committee which includes members of both boards. The charge of that committee is to work with the town administrator and town attorney to determine the most effective and efficient way to accomplish that task. They have also been tasked with completely investigating the issue and determining what happened and how to prevent it from occurring again in the future.

Lower Bolton Lake

Caution Level Green - 08/04/2023

Enjoy the lake.  Conditions are appropriate for exposure to the water.

Indian Notch Park Information


In case of a lake emergency please contact 911. 
To report boating accidents or illegal activity on DEEP properties please contact 860-424-3333 (DEEP Dispatch). 

Conditions

Clarity
Temperature

Temperature Graph

Water Level

The water level of the three Bolton Lakes is managed by CT DEEP at the dams between each lake.  Each Fall, on or about Nov 1st, both Middle and Lower Bolton lakes are lowered approximately 18 inches from the spillway level. The spillway level is marked as zero on the gauge on the Lower Bolton Lake dam.
Water Level Graph

Cyanobacteria

Cyanobacteria Level
When Cyanobacteria is present in Lower Bolton Lake and it is being monitored, the levels will be reported here.

Report a Cyanobacteria Bloom

If you believe you have observed an algal bloom please click the link above and attach location details and photographs. 

E coli Level (INP and Rosedale)

Weekly monitoring of bathing water quality has been resumed for Summer 2023. 

The Commissioner of Health Services has established that concentrations of the E. coli indicator organism less than or equal to 235 per 100 mL is generally considered satisfactory. A single sample with a concentration of the indicator organism greater than 235 per 100 ml is in excess of that which is normally considered acceptable for bathing and a resample is required. Additionally, a running geometric mean based on at least 5 sample results per 30-day period is to be used when evaluating the long-term microbiological suitability of recreation water quality. An acceptable running geometric mean for the indicator organism density for swimming waters is less than or equal to 126. Factors that may influence the growth of this organism include large populations of waterfowl, the number of bathers, and the amount of rainfall received at the time of testing.

Date

Indian Notch Park

Rosedale Beach

5/22/2023

<10

<10

5/30/2023

<10

10

6/05/2023

64

20

6/12/2023

10

64

6/20/2023

10

<10

6/26/2023

53

87

7/05/2023

31

52

7/10/2023

10

20

7/18/2023

<10

<10

7/24/2023

110

31

7/31/2023

10

20

8/8/2023

140

<10

8/14/2023

<10

10

8/21/2023

10

<10

Care

Be a Shoreline Steward

Buffers/Rain Gardens with Native Plants

A rain garden is a depressed area in the landscape that collects rain water from a roof, driveway or street and allows it to soak into the ground. Planted with grasses and flowering perennials, rain gardens can be a cost effective and beautiful way to reduce runoff from your property. Rain gardens can also help filter out pollutants in runoff and provide food and shelter for butterflies, song birds and other wildlife. More complex rain gardens with drainage systems and amended soils are often referred to as bioretention.

More Rain Garden Information

Runoff

Town of Bolton MS4 General Stormwater Permit 2021 Annual Report

 

Clean your Boat before Launching at your Lake if it has been in another body of Water

Cleaning Information

Before leaving the launch:

  • Clean: remove any visible mud, plants, fish or animals before transporting equipment.
  • Drain: eliminate water from equipment, such as a live well, before transporting.

At home or prior to your next launch:

  • Dry: anything that comes into contact with water (boats, trailers, anchors, propellers, fishing equipment, clothing, dogs, etc) for a minimum of 1 week.
  • If drying isn’t possible, wash with hot water (preferably high pressure).
  • Never release plants, fish or animals into a body of water unless they came out of that body of water.
  • Dispose any unused bait in an upland trash
Learn Plant IDs of Native Aquatic Species

Concerns

Plants You See - Be Aware of the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

Invasive
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are non-native species which crowd out
or outcompete native plants and animals. They often have no natural
predators or interact with the environment in a way that allows them
to grow quickly and aggressively. AIS can create undesirable recreation conditions, cause loss of habitat for wildlife like fish, and decrease ecosystem biodiversity.\

Cyanobacteria

General Information

More Blue Green Algae Info

Bloom Photos

                   Harmful Algal Blooms

Reports