Vision for the Ashford Lake and Lake Chaffee Special Planning Areas
“The communities of Ashford Lake and Lake Chaffee will remain important residential areas to year-round residents and those wishing to visit Ashford as a rural getaway by ensuring that human development does not compromise the lakes’ environmental integrity”
Ashford Lake and Lake Chaffee are man-made lakes and are the most densely populated areas in Ashford. Both lakes are governed by lake associations: Ashford Lake Property Owners’ Association (ALPOA) and Lake Chaffee Improvement Association (LCIA). Because of the lakes’ high populations, water quality has been an ongoing issue. Commonly, populated lakes face threats from high nutrient levels from fertilizer runoff, invasive plant species, bacteria from failed septic systems, and sedimentation.