Save the Long Wharf Nature Preserve
  • Petitioned Mayor John DeStefano

This petition was delivered to:

Mayor City of New Haven
Mayor John DeStefano
Bureau Chief, CT Dept. of Transportation
James P. Redeker
Connecticut State Senate
Connecticut State House
Connecticut-095
State Rep. Juan Candelaria
Connecticut-010
State Sen. Gary Holder-Winfield

Save the Long Wharf Nature Preserve

    1. Petition by

      Stephen Wilcox

      New Haven, CT

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September 2011

Victory

Victory! On Tuesday, September 12, 2011 the Connecticut DOT held a press conference at Long Wharf Park in New Haven to announce that they will not be building a new I-95 exit ramp through the Long Wharf Nature Preserve. State Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker said that the state rethought its proposal after receiving so many e-mails and complaints from neighbors and the mayor’s office. Almost 600 people signed the petition on Change.org.

Redeker was quoted in the New Haven Register, “ Lessons learned. It’s always something important to come out and listen. I’m happy that I came and listened. I’m pleased that in a short period of time we were able to be responsive. So in about three months, we took a plan that was unacceptable and I hope have it acceptable.”

Protected waterfront space that is accessible to the public is in short supply on the Connecticut coast. This plan will ensure that the Long Wharf Nature Preserve remains free from development. It is a victory not only for those of us who enjoy the preserve today, but also for future generations. Thanks to all those who signed the petition and the many individuals and groups that lobbied the state to keep the highway out of our preserve. 

The Connecticut DOT has proposed creating a new exit 46 to I-95 that would necessitate taking 1/3rd of an acre from the Long Wharf Nature Preserve. This new exit would bring hundreds of cars and trucks only a few feet away from pedestrians and wildlife.

The Long Wharf Nature Preserve is the only place along the west side of New Haven Harbor that has not been developed or industrialized. It is home to numerous species of native plants,birds and other wildlife. Long Wharf Nature Preserve is the only place along the harbor where one cannot see I-95. Within walking distance of the Hill neighborhood, the preserve provides a peaceful respite from the noise of city living for many urban dwellers who otherwise would not have the opportunity to visit a nature preserve. The New Haven Harbor Bike/Walking Trail, part of the East Coast Greenway, also goes through the preserve. In the DOT's plan cars and trucks will butt right up against the trail creating an unsafe environment for bike riders and walkers. 

A highway exit is incompatible with a nature preserve. The DOT just built a new exit 46 in Jaunuary of 2010. This exit is working fine. There is no compelling reason to destroy Long Wharf Nature Preserve just to move this exit once again.   

To:
Mayor John DeStefano, Mayor City of New Haven
James P. Redeker, Bureau Chief, CT Dept. of Transportation
Connecticut State Senate
Connecticut State House
State Rep. Juan Candelaria, Connecticut-095
State Sen. Gary Holder-Winfield, Connecticut-010
The Connecticut DOT should not build a new I-95 Interchange 46 through the Long Wharf Nature Preserve alongside New Haven Harbor. The Long Wharf Nature Preserve is an environmentally sensitive area that will be irreparably harmed by the new highway exit. The Long Wharf Interchange should remain in its current location.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Long Wharf Nature Preserve Saved!

      Stephen Wilcox
      Petition Organizer

      DOT Bureau Chief James P. Redeker announced today that the DOT will not build a new Exit 46 through the Long Wharf Nature Preserve. Thanks to everybody who signed the petition and wrote letters to their elected officials.

    2. DOT to hold a press conference at the Long Wharf Nature Preserve.

      Stephen Wilcox
      Petition Organizer

      On Monday 9/12 at 5P.M. the DOT will be at the nature preserve on Long Wharf Drive to make an announcement about the moving of Exit 46. The New Haven Register reported on 9/10 that it is expected the DOT will announce they are not moving the exit.

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Thanks to all who signed the petition!

      Stephen Wilcox
      Petition Organizer

      Your signatures played a part in getting the DOT to reconsider their plans. It is not the end of the road yet though. Pressure needs to be kept on the DOT. Please encourage everybody you know to sign. The fight for the preserve has just begun.

    5. DOT to meet with Community

      Stephen Wilcox
      Petition Organizer

      The CT DOT has agreed to meet with community members, the New Haven Land Trust and New Haven city officials to discuss a new plan that will attempt to minimize disruption to the Long Wharf Nature Preserve.

    6. Stephen Wilcox
      Petition Organizer

      Press Conference Tomorrow (Saturday, June 18)

      From the New Haven Land Trust: 11:00AM at the Long Wharf Nature Preserve. Please join the New Haven Land Trust , Mayor John DeStefano, members of our State Delegation and Alders, tomorrow at 11:00AM in the Long Wharf Nature Preserve for a press conference. We need you to stand with us in support of keeping the preserve intact.

    7. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Philep McCrevis BRIDGEPORT, CT
      • over 3 years ago

      I love Philep McCrevis and junk

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    • Fern Pope KILLINGWORTH, CT
      • over 3 years ago

      My Granddaughter is a first year student at Sound School. What a change in her each day when she comes home from school! She is excited about what she has done that day and eager to learn all she can about nature and the ocean. They use the Long Wharf Nature Preserve to explore nature and the wild life that is abundant there. If we keep taking the wild areas away, we will have no wild life to explore!! Can't you find another way?

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    • William upholt HARTFORD, CT
      • over 3 years ago

      As a bicycle rider, a user of the East Coast Greenway, and a supporter of the Sound School and open spaces, I am opposed to the plans to use part of the Long Wharf Nature Preserve for the new exit 46 to I-95.

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    • Janet Acampora CHESHIRE, CT
      • over 3 years ago

      Nature should not be viewed as a disposable commodity. Each time we decide an area can be destroyed to further a limited current focus, we endanger our own survival.

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    • Ed Morr WEST HAVEN, CT
      • over 3 years ago

      A Father of a West Haven girl scout

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