Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hempstead Harbor Water Trail: Your Input Needed

The Town of North Hempstead is conducting a survey to gather information that will be used to create a canoe and kayak trail in TNH waters (Little Neck Bay, Manhasset Bay, and Hempstead Harbor). The grant was awarded through the New York State Department of State Division of Coastal Resources and funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. The consultant is Nelson, Pope and Voorhis.

To increase the likelihood that some launch sites will be established in Hempstead Harbor, especially on the eastern shore, it is important for people who live in eastern shore communities to weigh in on the matter. Click here to fill in the quick and easy survey, which is managed by the consultant using a service called Survey Monkey. You can fill out the survey even if you are not a canoer or a kayaker. If you wish, at the end of the survey, you can sign up for more information.

On several occasions over the years, Tom Halton (then a Roslyn Harbor Trustee) and the Glenwood / Glen Head Civic Association proposed a canoe and kayak put-in at the western end of Scudders Lane. Sometimes the proposal has prompted positive feedback from TNH; other times the feedback has been less than enthusiastic.

The Town of Oyster Bay has received a similar grant for a canoe and kayak trail in TOB waters (Hempstead Harbor, Oyster Bay, and Cold Spring Harbor). The civic association will pass along information as it becomes aware of developments. Meanwhile, more information about each project may be available on the Town of North Hempstead website or the Town of Oyster Bay website.

The Glen Head / Glenwood Civic Council, an organization made up of civic groups in Glen Head and Glenwood Landing, is an adviser to the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee, an inter-municipal organization made up of the municipalities surrounding Hempstead Harbor.

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