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Letter: Wading River Creek’s a nightmare

The mouth of Wading River Creek near the

The mouth of Wading River Creek near the spot where Edwin Barahona, 36, of Bellport drowned while trying to save his stepson. (June 11, 2011) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Wading River Creek is a nightmare

The Wading River Creek has caused nothing but problems since a narrow and impractical window for dredging was instituted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

A great community asset has become a nightmare to navigate and a public hazard. Due to the seemingly permanent sandbar at the mouth of the creek, and the ever-extending shoal on the eastern bank, the expensive and extensive boat launch has become all but useless for an average trailer-sized motor boat, and the current caused by a variable creek bed has proved deadly.

The tragic drowning of two young men serves as a reminder of the continual neglect of the creek and the ongoing need to solve the many problems at the facility [“Bodies of 2 who were fishing found, IDd,” News, Sept. 5].

I use the creek for purposes including walking, kayaking the estuary and launching a motor boat.

A town lot provides much- needed parking for trailered boats, but a newer county lot for car-top boats is often used by kayakers, fishers and even swimmers. I’ve seen boaters wait for and navigate around swimmers at the mouth of the creek, while unpredictable currents sweep both in varying directions.

Mark Gianfalla, Baiting Hallow


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