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DEEP bans alcohol at six state recreation areas

Alcohol has been banned at six state recreation areas, effective immediately. 

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection reimposed the temporary ban at Lake Waramaug State Park, Wadsworth Falls State Park, and George Waldo State Park/upper section of Paugussett State Forest in Southbury. 

The ban on alcohol is in effect until August 25th. 

In recent summers, including last year, these locations have experienced increased crowds and alcohol consumption, which led to increased incidents of misconduct, unruly behavior, property damage, trespass, and complaints by other visitors and the surrounding communities.  The ban will help DEEP law enforcement dissuade inappropriate use of and reduce negative behaviors in recreational areas.


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