What’s the Point of Two Environmental Assessments of Old Lyme Open Space?

An aerial view of the site showing the junction of Horseneck Creek and Black Hall River


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To the Editor:

What’s the point?

If I understand the situation, Old Lyme First Selectman Tim Griswold has commissioned an environmental scientist to complete an assessment of the open space property off Buttonball Road. Possibly, the Board of Selectmen approve of such a move.

But, what’s the point?

A land surveyor as well will do a survey. Excellent.

But, the hiring of an environmental scientist is a waste of time and money. Once the property is surveyed, an application can be submitted to DEEP for construction of reasonable access to launch a kayak. And before DEEP will do ANYTHING, a fresh environmental assesment will be the first step in their process.

Why then are we commissioning the same when it’s redundant, and presumably the state will follow their own results?

Don’t bother spending the dough!

Sloan Danenhower
Old Lyme, CT

Danenhower is a member of the Old Lyme Harbor Management Commission.