Jeffrey Clark (frksinatra)
4 - Poor
This morning I received some disturbing news regarding development plans along the West Branch of the Ausable river in Wilmington, NY.
The developers are planning to build 20 townhouses along route 86 next to the town park. This means at least 40 cars if not more. This area is a great place for families and anglers who are not able to get in the water and wade the more treacherous areas of the river. It is also the designated handicapped fishing area. Of course the developers promise the town tax revenues, permit fees and any other money they can to help a small town in debt. As we know these townhouses will cause more harm than good and will eventually destroy what most call 'the east coasts best trout stream', and when it's all said and done the money will be wasted and so will the river and the trout with it. Chances are I will never catch a wild brookie there again. Last month as we were fishing the 'Triple Hatch', we watched in horror as a poor man's party boat with a Evenride churning up the river and leaving an oil slick that stuck to my canoe.
What disturbs me more is that the owner of 'The Hungry Trout'
restaurant/lodge and fly shop is on the planning board in Wilmington.
Doesn't TU spend a whole week in the spring on the Ausable and stay at The Hungry Trout? Did the Hungry Trout inform this news to TU?
This is a pic of the 'frog pond' (with Osprey in flight) from the peninsula adjacent to the town beach. The river runs between the bushes and the trees on the left and past the pond and past the beach. The shore on the right is where they plan to develop. Most likely they will have to change the shoreline to accommodate their access to the beach. They will tell you everything will be fine. We know this is a lie. They will say that there will not be any more development after this one. We know that is a lie. They say the money will save the town. We know that is a lie.
Is this beautiful scenery worth property taxes?
Please let me know what we can do to investigate this problem.
The owner of the Hungry Trout did not talk to Trout Unlimited about this. Trout Unlimited found out from me. This email was from the the owner of the Hungry Trouth Motel on RT 86 in Wilmington, who also happens to be for this and on the town planning board:
Ron, be not disturbed.....
At most, 20 townhouses 100's of yds away from the lake. No runoff, no pollution in river, no wetlands in danger, APA has approved. I'm on the Zoning Board....we're all over it. When fully occupied...120 people. Many townsfolk in favor, many against. Would bring more jobs, tax revenues for strapped town and bankrupt school district vs: no growth. Tabled for now as one of the principals is ill but getting better. More news in the fall. Very reputable builders.
May or may not happen.
Jerry Bottcher, Hungry Trout
Please help save the river. Please email or call Trout Unlimited local chapter and conservation office, along with the owner of the Hungry Trout and show you displeasure before it's too late. Help save one of the great Northeast trout rivers.
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Chapter President: Frank Baker
12 Francis Drive
Highland, NY 12528
Elizabeth Maclin, VP Eastern Conservation
1300 North 17th Street, #500
Arlington, VA 22209-3801
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