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The Friends of Lake Williams (FLW) is an organization dedicated to preserving the natural beauty and usefulness of Lake Williams (also known as Williams Pond) in Lebanon CT for anyone who enjoys the recreational pleasures that the lake has to offer.

In the fall of 1997 an invasive aquatic vegetation known as milfoil was discovered in Lake Williams. Milfoil infestation affects people's ability to enjoy swimming, recreational boating, and fishing. Milfoil also has a negative effect on the aquatic life in the lake.

At that time, it was estimated that it covered 3-5 acres. It spread rapidly to cover approximately 35-40 acres in just one year. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) advised that based on the existing sediment and the depth of water in Lake Williams, untreated milfoil would continue to spread very rapidly, consuming the lake.

A University of Connecticut study concluded that the impact to property values would be significant. In response to this problem a group of concerned lake residents formed Friends of Lake Williams (FLW) in 1998. FLW incorporated and obtained non-profit status with the IRS.

FLW members educated themselves about milfoil and the various treatment options; and about lake management through seminars, membership in the Connecticut Federation of Lakes, discussions with consultants and the DEP, as well as discussions with residents of other lakes who are dealing with the same problem.

Through collaboration with the Town of Lebanon and the State of Connecticut, Friends of Lake Williams has contributed to effectively controlling the spread of milfoil in Lake Williams.