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.
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.
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.