On Tuesday, November 20, 2018, the Suffolk County Legislature approved a funding appropriation in connection with the reconstruction of the spillway located in Southaven Park.
In May of 2018 engineers from the Department of Public Works Bridges and Structures Division met with staff from the Parks Department to evaluate the condition of the Carmans River spillway located in Southaven Park. At that time it was determined that the spillway was in a deteriorating and potentially unsafe condition and in need of being replaced. Introductory Resolution 1889-2018 issued a bond to finance planning costs in connection to the reconstruction. “This is a step in the right direction to help protect the Carmans River and ensure we maintain the beautiful character of Southaven Park.” – Said Suffolk Legislator Rudy Sunderman
The Southaven Park spillway helps to control the flow of the Carmans River through the park and also contributes to the formation of the lake in the southern portion of Southaven. This beautiful park which is designated Pine Barrens has many opportunities for recreation. The park has miles of hiking trails, offers row boat rentals in the summer, and duck hunting in the winter. The park is also home to the Long Island Live Steamers, a not for profit organization of steam engine train enthusiasts, operating for the education and enjoyment of the public, and to preserve the history and wonderment of the glory days of railroading.
The new spillway will be constructed with the inclusion of a fish passage to help facilitate the migration of fish species upriver. While the inclusion of a fish passage was not included in the initial scope of this work, similar projects which require New York State Department of Environmental Conservation permits have required them. Thus, it was determined to include a fish passage along with this project. “I would like to thank my colleagues on the Suffolk County Legislature for this important project for my district.” Stated Sunderman “I would encourage everyone to visit Southaven Park and experience the beauty of our pine barrens first hand.”
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