McKeown sisters at Beaver Dam Creek and South Country road

Brookhaven & South Haven Hamlets

Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York

Brookhaven/South Haven Hamlets Study

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Also, on page II-54 "... Erosion and flooding are not a problem in LID II" This should be reworded to read "...not critical problems...." At least once a year the houses at the end of Bay Road and on River Lane are flooded, as is Squassux Landing (see photo of October 1991 flood).

D. Public Access and Recreation

This section missed the fact that the area between Montauk Highway and Sunrise Highway is the main access point for canoes along the Carmans River. Canoes can be launched on the east side by the public access parking lot and ramp provided by the NYSDEC and on the west side by Carmans River Canoe, the largest commercial canoe livery on the river.

E. Underutilized and Abandoned Sites

The report states: "The Carmans River could probably support additional canoeing without adversely affecting its environmental quality." In the July 28, 1990, headline Newsday story "Rolling on the Rivers," Art Cooley, secretary of the board of the Environmental Defense Fund, warned that if the trend toward increased use continues, it could pose environmental problems, saying, "You could put a mob of 50 canoes out there and scare away the wildlife." However, the article seemed to say that canoe users were generally kind to the environment and that officials didn’t think canoe users are a problem.

F. Fishing

The DEIS states: "There is no commercial fishing or shell fishing undertaken in LID II." We have five commercial fishermen working out of Squassux Landing, and there are another half dozen or so leaving from the Beaver Dam Creek daily. In the LID II section of the Great South Bay, there are hundreds of commercial crab pots as well as gill nets and commercial pound nets along the shore between the Beaver Dam Creek and Carmans River.

G. Hunting

The DEIS states: "Hunting is not pursued in LID II. The wetlands- are important waterfowl habitats." Waterfowl hunting is extensive along the Beaver Dam Creek and sections of the bay shoreline. Because of the decline in migratory waterfowl, as well as to be consistent with the general habitat protection that characterizes LID II, the LWRP should suggest that waterfowl hunting not be pursued in the Beaver Dam Creek and along the mainland shoreline in LID II.