[CT Birds] Response from Deputy Commissioner Whalen on Boat Launch Issue

Keith Mueller kmueller at ntplx.net
Thu Jan 28 19:16:57 EST 2016

The access road is not that narrow! Plenty of room ; it's as wide as a two lane street!

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> On Jan 28, 2016, at 6:52 PM, Kathy Van Der Aue <kathyvda at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have just received an email from Deputy Commisioner Whalen.  It may be that the sign is being misinterpreted.  See below (I didn't attach the picture she sent me.  It was an aerial view of the area.  If anyone wants that, let me know and I'll forward it):
> "My staff from boating and wildlife are planning an onsite meeting at the boat launch to review concerns.   Please see the attached picture of the launch to get a feel for the area.
> A few important points to consider:
> This is a gravel lot (mostly used as car top launch) which can accommodate roughly 20 cars.  My staff report there is a sign in the parking lot designating one space for boat trailers; it is this sign that is apparently being misinterpreted by some as limiting parking for anyone in the lot unless they have a boat trailer.  Since the surface of the lot is gravel, striping the area is not an option.  So I’m curious why there is concern about parking on the road when the lot is available – maybe we need to look at where the sign is for the trailer spot….. but I’m guessing that spot was chosen in view of the logistics of pulling, backing and turning a vehicle and trailer.  Anyway, the staff will look at it.
> The signs along the access road are placed in regard to the fact that the road is narrow, and bounded by marsh, as you can see.  We do not want people parking on the road itself under any circumstances, as it forces other cars to go around the parked car on a narrow road, potentially landing them in the marsh on the side of the road, or hitting a person exiting or entering a  parked car.  That also causes damage to the road shoulder, which is another safety concern, not to mention an expensive fix when we have thousands of miles of road to maintain in the park system.
> We'll continue to work with the birding community and will do our very best to accommodate interests in this particular case, and hopefully clarify our intention with respect to the way the launch is managed." 
> Kathy Van Der Aue
> Southport, Connecticut
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