Councilwoman Kepert Sponsors Resolutions Authorizing the
Town to Clean Up the Yaphank Lakes
March 13, 2013
Dredging of the lakes
will commence this year
Farmingville, NY At the
March 12 Town Board meeting, Councilwoman Connie Kepert
sponsored five resolutions which together authorized the
long awaited dredging of both Upper and Lower Yaphank
Lakes, also known as Lily and Willow Lakes. The dredging
will occur between June and October of this year.
Funding sources include a Caithness grant and other
community benefit funds negotiated by the Councilwoman.
Im thrilled that after a long journey we are on the
brink of having the Yaphank lakes restored. The lakes
are an enormous asset to the community and the Town.
Unfortunately, the spread of two invasive species,
Cabomba and Variable-Leaf Watermilfoil have had a
devastating effect on the ability of residents to enjoy
these beautiful historic lakes. Id like to thank the
board for their support in passing these resolutions,
stated Councilwoman Kepert.
Members of the Yaphank community reached out to the
Councilwoman back in 2007 seeking her assistance in
restoring the lakes choked out by invasive species.
Considering the magnitude of the problem presented by
the invasive species, the Councilwoman formed the
Carmans River Working Protection Group. The working
group was comprised of elected officials, community
stakeholders and experts. The group was chaired by
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of the Citizens
Campaign for the Environment.
A feasibility study, commissioned by Suffolk County and
conducted by Nelson Pope & Voorhis, recommended that the
lakes be dredged to remove the weed roots and organic
material. The Carmans River Protection Working Group
reviewed the study and voted to support the
recommendation of dredging the lakes.
"The Yaphank lakes are the heart of this historic
community. They are a cultural, historic, social and
economic asset. Five years of work is finally about to
pay off and the community, as well as Councilwoman
Kepert, deserve a great deal of credit for their
persistent efforts. We are very excited about this
project that will begin in June," said Adrienne
Esposito, "This is the first effort of its kind on Long
Chad Trusnovec, a member of the Carmans River Protection
Working Group who resides on Lily Lake stated, The
people of Yaphank have waited many years for this day to
come. For nearly a generation we have watched our lakes
slowly deteriorate into a virtually unusable swamp.
There is now a bright light at the end of the tunnel.
Soon anglers, boaters and outdoor enthusiasts of all
types will once again be able to enjoy this beautiful
body of water that is the identity of our town. Thanks
go out to so many who've made this possible.
Councilwoman Kepert, Legislator Browning, committee
chairwoman Adrienne Esposito, the NYS DEC, the
Brookhaven Rail Terminal, and of course the people of
Yaphank whose patience and persistence is finally coming
Finally, Bob Kessler, member of the Carmans River
Protection Working Group who resides on the Willow Lake
stated, We love our lakes and have been heartbroken by
the destruction the weeds have brought. Im thankful to
Councilwoman Kepert for leading the way and helping us
to bring our lakes back.
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