County Gets Permission to Improve Lake Gleneida Shoreline

Owners of row boats located on the shores of Lake Gleneida in Carmel will have easier access to their recreational vessels and visitors to the Hamlet of Carmel will be able to enjoy an unobstructed view of the lake now that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) has issued Putnam County a permit titled “Lake Gleneida Shoreline Vegetation Restoration and Management Plan.”

The permit was issued after County Executive MaryEllen Odell met with representatives from the NYCDEP to discuss developing a vegetative management plan for the eastern shoreline of Lake Gleneida.

“Lake Gleneida is such a beautiful spot, the central focal point here in the Hamlet of Carmel. I am really thrilled that the NYSDEP has given us the go-ahead to manage the prolific growth that has become detrimental to the scenic, environmental and recreational benefits Lake Gleneida offers,” said Odell.

District 5 Legislator Carl Albano was pleased to learn that the NYCDEP had issued the permit.

“Once the plan is put into motion, residents and visitors are actually going to be able to see the lake. Keeping the shrubs at a manageable height is going to enhance the beauty and esthetics of Lake Gleneida,” said Albano.

Commissioner of Highways and Facilities Fred Pena is now reaching out to all NYCDEP Boat Tag holders who have permission to keep their crafts on Lake Gleneida to invite them to a public presentation regarding this newly approved restoration and management plan for the lake. The presentation is free and open to the public.

“My department will be hosting a public presentation on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 at 7 pm at the Carmel Firehouse located at 94 Gleneida Avenue, to inform boat owners, civic groups, fishermen, and other interested parties of our plans for this beautification project and to welcome their input,” said Pena.

The County will develop two new boat areas that for boat storage, boat stanchions for securing the boats and improve the parking and boat launch areas.

“This project will help make the fishing and boating experience on Lake Gleneida a more positive experience for everyone,” said Pena.