There is a very interested project underway called South Shore Blueway, which is described as:
“A project to plan and develop a new network of water access in the western portion of the South Shore Estuary, identifying put-in sites on the Hempstead Bays and South Oyster Bay and routes best suited for human-powered boating.
A blueway is described as a path, similar to a hiking trail, but on water. South Shore Blueway wants to map these trails as well as bring more launch points, specfiically for canoeists, paddle boarders and kayakers. I’ve often wondered why there isn’t enough water access for non-motorized boats. I do know the boat launch in Long Beach has a sign that calls for Motor Operated Boats only. Perhaps this project will change that?
You can read more about South Shore Blueway at their website: www.southshoreblueway.com or just read the note that was sent me, which I posted below:
Good Day Stakeholders & All Interested Parties,
We would like your input to help develop a water-based trail for the paddling community in the western portion of the South Shore Estuary Reserve. Your suggestions for new water access points, launch sites, and trail routes are vital to the planning of this new water trail.
The project will establish and promote a network of launch sites for non-motorized watercraft in the Hempstead Bays and South Oyster Bay. The new recreational corridor will increase connections to cultural, historical and ecological resources, like parks, natural areas and business districts.
This letter invites your input. What works for you? What doesn’t? Where would you like to launch and paddle? What are your safety concerns? We are trying to create something sustainable for all skill levels to enjoy. Your insights, experiences, and wishes can help improve our efforts.
There are several ways to participate. Start by visiting the project website southshoreblueway.com where you can:
Map Your Blueway by adding a marker on the interactive map
Take a Trail User survey
Chart your favorite paddle route
Suggest a launch site
Volunteer to help
You can also attend the public meetings that will be announced soon to map the South Shore Blueway Trail. Community feedback from the website and public meetings will inform the South Shore Blueway Trail Plan. If you want to keep up with the latest updates, share your experiences and photos, and learn of project findings, you can visit www.facebook.com/southshoreblueway, and be sure to Recommend Us to your friends.
Going Coastal, Inc. and Cameron Engineering and Associates, LLP have been selected to lead the collaborative effort to plan the South Shore Blueway Trail under the guidance of an advisory committee of representatives from the Village of Freeport, the Town of Hempstead, the Town of Oyster Bay, Nassau County, Operation SPLASH, Empire Kayaks, Long Island Paddlers, SKSA, Ltd., North Atlantic Canoe and Kayak and numerous other community groups.
Thank you in advance! We look forward to reading and implementing your ideas and suggestions over the next several months. Even more we look forward to seeing you on the water!
Feel free to distribute to others and help spread the word!
Barbara La Rocco
South Shore Blueway Trail Project Director
President, Going Coastal, Inc.