[CT Birds] Fwd: Resolution of the East River Boat Launch AccessIssues

Kathy Van Der Aue kathyvda at gmail.com
Sat Feb 13 11:13:12 EST 2016


Thank you!  I do think they are trying to be more sensitive to our
concerns.  So far, so good!


Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
Visit my Blog at http://naturaliststable.wordpress.com

On Sat, Feb 13, 2016 at 11:07 AM, Carolyn Johns via CTBirds <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> Kathy,
>
>    What a great job!!  It is heartwarming( on this very cold day), to see
> that we can address issues around the birding community with the state
> officials and with good results.....
>
> -----Original Message----- From: Keith Mueller via CTBirds
> Sent: Saturday, February 13, 2016 10:17 AM
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Fwd: Resolution of the East River Boat Launch
> AccessIssues
>
>
>
>> Thank you Kathy, I appreciate all your hard work on this matter. Meeting
>> with the State officials and their willingness to work with us will
>> certainly benefit the birding community.
>>
>> This was a big step in the right direction,
>>
>> Thank you again,
>>
>> Keith mueller
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On Feb 13, 2016, at 8:22 AM, Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds <
>>> ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
>>>
>>> Keith Mueller and I met Thursday afternoon with Mike Payton of the
>>> Boating
>>> Division, Jenny Dickson and Ann Kilpatrick of the Wildlife Division and
>>> Officer
>>> John Torres of the Environmental Conservation Police to discuss the East
>>> River Boat Launch site access issues.  We all agreed that the parking lot
>>> sign limiting parking to boat trailers etc. was misleading and they have
>>> agreed to remove the sign and replace it with signs designating certain
>>> parking spaces for boat trailers.  The remaining spaces will be for
>>> public
>>> parking on a first come, first served basis. They also plan to put in
>>> concrete parking bumpers to try and organize the parking in the lot as
>>> spaces are undesignated right now.  The confusing signage will also be
>>> changed in other lots, such as the Great Island lot, over time.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> We additionally discussed the possibility of having a few spaces along
>>> the
>>> wider part of the access road designated for standing only (so a person
>>> could sit in the car with binoculars and survey the Saltmarsh Sparrows).
>>> Upon measuring the road and finding that this would be possible as the
>>> road
>>> was 28 feet wide, it was agreed that this could also be done.  There will
>>> be absolutely no parking on the other side of the access road.  Given a
>>> choice of which side of the road to designate for standing spaces, we
>>> chose
>>> the side which allowed the driver's side to have the best viewing (the
>>> right side as you go in toward the lot).  These spots will be on the
>>> portion of the road which is a little more elevated to reduce the
>>> possibility of flooding. The area will be clearly marked with signs that
>>> indicate only standing “parking” for wildlife viewing will be allowed and
>>> it must be between the signs. Having a designated section will help
>>> address
>>> concerns about emergency access and prevent the creation of pinch points
>>> at
>>> sections where the access road narrows.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> They ask for our patience as they need several layers of approvals in
>>> this
>>> tight budget year for ordering the signs and concrete parking bumpers,
>>> but
>>> expect it can be accomplished this spring.  As of now it is my
>>> understanding that the lot can be used for parking without fear of
>>> drawing
>>> attention from the EnCon police.   As to "Standing" along the access
>>> road,
>>> it is still marked "No Parking" on both sides.  Until the signs are
>>> changed
>>> the situation is in flux and I ask you to respect the signs.  I suspect
>>> Officers would use their discretion if there was some exciting rarity
>>> that
>>> drew birders to the spot before the signs are changed, but they would not
>>> be legally required to do so.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Please let me know of any further concerns that you may have about this
>>> issue.  I am personally very grateful that our concerns were met with
>>> such
>>> respect by Mike Payton and am very happy with the result.  Jenny Dickson
>>> and Ann Kilpatrick were understandably concerned that the marsh not be
>>> infringed upon as it is valuable habitat for high conservation priority
>>> species such as the Saltmarsh Sparrow.  Officer John Torres was concerned
>>> with access for emergency vehicles if there are cars standing alongside
>>> the
>>> access road but he agreed that the width of the road was sufficient for
>>> emergency access.  I believe these concerns are valid and ask all of you
>>> to
>>> be most careful when using these areas to be sure not to block emergency
>>> access or infringe upon the marsh.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Thanks to Keith for bringing this matter to COA's attention.
>>>
>>> Kathy Van Der Aue
>>> ​, President, COA>>
>>> Southport, Connecticut
>>> Visit my Blog at http://naturaliststable.wordpress.com
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