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March 2016

The following is a brief update about some of the projects that we have been working on in Yaphank.

The Society has been supporting the efforts of the Coalition to Save the Yaphank Lakes to finally get our Yaphank Lakes cleaned up. Willow Lake was dredged in 2013 and it was supposed to be followed up by Diver-Assisted Hand Vacuuming to remove any remaining invasive plants that were still in the lake. Unfortunately, this did not happen and some of the invasive plants have returned. The Town of Brookhaven needs to do some more testing before this project can get addressed and scheduled.

However, we do have good news regarding Lily Lake. At a recent meeting with Supervisor Ed Romaine, he told us that the cleanup of Lily Lake will be done in 2017. Some of the steps necessary to get this project done have already been started. We hope to eventually have both our lakes back in good condition.

The spillway at Willow Lake is also getting rebuilt. This project, along with the installation of a fish ladder, the rebuilding of the bulkhead, and the planting of new trees and bushes will begin this summer. The center island at Mill Road, where it passes over the Carmans River, is also a project that is in the works. Funding is being sought for this work.

The Society is seeking a long-term lease with Brookhaven Town for the Swezey-Avey House. A long-term lease is required to apply for certain grants. The first round of grants for the Swezey-Avey House will be used to help the Society apply for National Register status for the house.

In the meantime work continues on all of our other projects at the Homan House, Booth House and Hawkins House.

- Robert Kessler, President