Protect the Crab Meadow Watershed

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The Crab Meadow Watershed is 3,560 square acres in Northport, New York. Currently, the largest proposed development in this area is 98 townhomes on top of the existing 18-hole golf course at Indian Hills County Club (IHCC).

Indian Hills Country Club makes up over 4% of the Crab Meadow Watershed. This parcel of land has the only Class 1 wetland (Wetland N-8) within the watershed, which is the most sensitive. Environmental concerns include runoff to the three surrounding bodies of water (Long Island Sound, Fresh Pond and Jerome A. Ambro Memorial Wetlands Preserve), erosion and deforestation. According to the Crab Meadow Watershed Hydrology Report commissioned by the Town of Huntington, this land is "essentially built out to its zoned density".

Indian Hills Country Club has the largest documented piece of "broken ground" on Long Island that extends over 2,000 feet long. There is a Coastal Erosion Hazard Area and that bluff is a natural barrier for erosion. Current nitrogen and phosphorus levels are higher than typical R-40 (one acre zoning) houses. Other concerns include flooding and impact to the water quality.

New development in the Crab Meadow Watershed threatens our drinking water, our wildlife and our way of life.


To learn more about the Crab Meadow Watershed Hydrology Report click this link: http://www.huntingtonny.gov/filestorage/13749/13847/16804/99881/34700/Draft_CM-WHSSP-18Mar26.pdf

You will see many issues including wildlife concerns:

"Within the Crab Meadow Watershed there exists a collection of diverse habitats and wildlife that depend on its natural resources for food, water and shelter. People value a watershed as an economic, ecological and recreational resource. It is important to understand the hydrological processes that are continually shaping the Crab Meadow Watershed along with the impact actions of those who live, work, and recreate within its boundaries have on the health of the Watershed."

"The Crab Meadow Wetlands and Beach, the focal point of this study and stewardship plan, has been designated by the New York State Department of State (NYSDOS) as a Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat, since it represents one of the largest tracts of undeveloped salt marshes on Long Island’s north shore. The intent of the NYSDOS designation is to protect, preserve and restore the vitality of this habitat. The wetland system, and associated tidal creek and beach areas consist of approximately 300 acres of undeveloped salt marsh and approximately 30 acres of beach and tidal flats."



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