Reassess and open closed Boat Areas
  • Petitioned NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Senior Property Manager, N.R.M., NYC DEP
Mr. Charles Laing
Assistant Commissioner, NYC DEP
Mr. David S. Warne
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Reassess and open closed Boat Areas

    1. Petition by

      Ken Hashimoto

      Dobbs Ferry, NY

  1.  
  2.   
January 2013

Victory

From petition creator Ken Hashimoto: The NYC DEP listened to our request and proceeded to accommodate us.

There are many boats flipped upright from the Hurricane. DEP closed the boat areas so quickly that few people have had the chance to check their boats. These upright boats are accumulating rainwater and eventually snow. When this freezes the ice will expand damaging the aluminum hulls. Some Boat Areas still require cleanup and tree removal. But some areas a clear and do not visibly show signs of being a threat to safety. There is no reason to keep them all closed until Spring 2013. We ask that DEP conduct a reassessment to make a determination and immediately open all boat areas that are not or no longer dangerous.

To:
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Mr. Charles Laing, Senior Property Manager, N.R.M., NYC DEP
Mr. David S. Warne, Assistant Commissioner, NYC DEP
Please reassess and open closed Boat Areas to public access that are not or no longer dangerous.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Update - Peition now closed

      Ken Hashimoto
      Petition Organizer

      This petition is now closed. Special thanks are extended to Mr. David Warne, DEP Assistant commissioner and Mr. Charles Laing, DEP Senior Property Manager for listening to us and accommodating our concerns. With the unusually warm weather we are having we urge all boat owners to check their boats and ensure they are properly stored free of ice and water. Special thanks also to all the members of www.westchesterfishing.com and other sites who supported this effort.

    2. Update 01/15/13

      Ken Hashimoto
      Petition Organizer

      Kensico Areas 8 and 5 have now been reopened.

    3. Update 01/11/13

      Ken Hashimoto
      Petition Organizer

      We understand that DEP have been working on clearing Kensico
      Areas 5 and 8 this week so we are anticipating their re-opening fairly soon.

    4. DEP Update 01/03/13

      Ken Hashimoto
      Petition Organizer

      Received advice from DEP today that previous advice of Dec 28, 2012 was in error:
      "The letter you received was in error. The list of closed sites on our web site is correct. The letter you received should have only made reference to the areas that were reopened. Instead, it incorrectly included some areas that remain closed.
      Thank you for pointing out this error. Our staff will be calling you and the handful of other folks who received similar, incorrect letters to provide up to date info.
      In the meantime we continue to work on reopening areas and hope to open at least a few more around Kensico in the next week or so."
      http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/recreation/hurricane-sandy-closed-boat-areas.pdf

    5. DEP Update 12/31/12

      Ken Hashimoto
      Petition Organizer

      Received a letter from DEP dated Dec 28th stating that Kensico Area 8 and Cross River Area 2 has been re-opened.

    6. DEP Update 12/22/12:

      Ken Hashimoto
      Petition Organizer

      Quote
      Update as of 12/22/12:
      DEP has cleared and reopened 15 of the areas that were closed following Hurricane Sandy. The following areas are now open:

      Kensico - # 3, 9, 12, 13, 14
      New Croton - # 12, 18, 27, 36
      Cross River - # 4, 10
      Amawalk - # 4
      Muscoot - # 7
      West Branch - # 3, 6

      We will continue to work to clear and reopen areas as quickly as can be safely done.
      Unquote

    7. Decision-maker Mr. David S. Warne responds:

      Mr. David S. Warne

      Update as of 12/22/12:
      DEP has cleared and reopened 15 of the areas that were closed following Hurricane Sandy. The following areas are now open:

      Kensico - # 3, 9, 12, 13, 14
      New Croton - # 12, 18, 27, 36
      Cross River - # 4, 10
      Am...


    8. DEP Opens select Boat Areas 12/20/12

      Ken Hashimoto
      Petition Organizer

      Mr. Warne, Assistant Commissioner DEP has confirmed this evening that
      Kensico Areas 12-13-14-3-9 have been reopened. 10 Other boat areas on other reservoirs have been opened as well. DEP website has not yet been updated as of this time.

    9. DEP Response received 12/18/12

      Ken Hashimoto
      Petition Organizer

      We received a response from Mr David S. Warne, Assistant Commissioner that "we have begun to turn our attention to opening those boat areas that suffered minimal damage that we can make safe with our own workforce. DEP staff started that process last week and will continue this week by focusing first on Kensico Reservoir. If DEP staff come across boats that have blown over and are "hull down", we will flip them over."

    10. Decision-maker Mr. David S. Warne responds:

      Mr. David S. Warne

      Immediately following Hurricane Sandy, DEP needed to assess the damage to its lands to ensure public safety and identify any potential water quality threats. That rapid assessment identified extensive blowdowns of forest stands, primaril...


    11. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Joe Raguzin CARMEL, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      would like to check on my boats and possibly fish

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    • James Frank HICKSVILLE, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Recreation

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    • Jerome Simms SPRING VALLEY, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      To check for the damage done to boat at the reservoir re-secure it or if need be, remove it from the area.

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    • Ken Wagner PUTNAM VALLEY, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I want to ensure my boat is safe and secure for the winter.

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    • John Glaser RINGWOOD, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have fished the NYC Reservoirs for decades and in that time have accumulated a number of boats on several bodies of water. It is imperative that we have access prior to multiple freezing days. As many posters have mentioned, boats most likely have been flipped over and we had several inches of water fall since Sandy. I appreciate and respect all you have done but numerous people are in a position to have their boats ruined. In my case ,and others, that would add up to thousands of dollars. I for one, could not afford to replace my boats at this time. Thanks in advance.

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