Public Statement – For Immediate Release

FirstLight Issues Statement About Lake Lillinonah Amidst Historic Rainfall

Water level of the lake was lowered in preparation for heightened rainfall expected from Hurricane Ida

 New Milford, CT – September 3rd, 2021 – FirstLight Power issued the following statement regarding lower than normal lake levels on Lake Lillinonah: “Earlier this week we made the decision to lower the level of Lake Lillinonah in anticipation of high water levels due to historic precipitation from the remainder of Hurricane Ida. This action, which was in accordance with stated guidelines under our Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydro license, was necessary to mitigate flooding upstream of Shepaug Station in New Milford and downstream of Stevenson Station in Derby, Shelton, Seymour, and Oxford. While the dams along the Housatonic River are not designed for flood control, we regularly conduct drawdowns to help reduce the impact that flood conditions have on our communities. The lake levels will return to recreational depths once river flood conditions subside.”

Shepaug Station Post Storm Ida Summer 2021


FirstLight Power (FirstLight) is a leading clean power producer and energy storage company in New England with a portfolio that includes nearly 1,400 megawatts of pumped-hydro storage, battery storage, hydroelectric generation, and solar generation – the largest clean energy generation portfolio in New England today. Based in Burlington, MA, with operating offices in Northfield, MA and New Milford, CT, FirstLight provides stewardship of and recreational access to 14,000 acres of land and waters along the Connecticut, Housatonic, Shetucket, Still, and Quinebaug Rivers. To learn more, visit