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Officials seek Carmans River preservation plan

A bay constable's boat follows the meandering path

A bay constable's boat follows the meandering path of the Carmans River during a tour hosted by Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko. Lesko discussed the river's scenic quality, ecological challenges and biodiversity. (Nov. 15, 2010) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

 As Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko toured the Carmans River for the first time, some local civic leaders questioned why their groups have not played a bigger role in crafting a plan to preserve the river.

A study group is expected to develop guidelines for protecting the 10-mile river from private development. There are presently no special protections for private lands that border the Carmans, which runs from Middle Island to Shirley.

MaryAnn Johnston, president of the Affiliated Brookhaven Civic Organization, said the town's pledge to include "all stakeholders" in the Carmans protection plan has not included civic activists.

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