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Greenwich Habor Management Commission to Discuss New Plan

Posted on November 17, 2016

By Peregrine Frissell, greenwich time

The Greenwich Harbor Management Commission will discuss long-term planning and problems between rowers and the company dredging the Mianus River.

The meeting, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, is also the last chance the public has to hear the debate on the revised Harbor Management Plan before the public comment period ends on Dec. 1 and the plan is resubmitted to the state for another round of review.

Written feedback will be accepted from the public until Dec. 1.

Harbormaster Ian Macmillan said there have been some instances of conflict between rowers on the Mianus River Channel and the crews working on the ongoing dredging project.

“In two instances, there were some rowers that interfered with the navigation of the river by some of the dredge companies,” Macmillan said.

Vessels used for construction purposes, like cranes and barges, always need to be given the right of way by rowers, Macmillan said.

“A lot of these are just high school kids,” Macmillan said. “It’s up to the rowing instructors more than the rowers themselves.”

As for the revised Harbor Management Plan, “It’s got to be a lofty strategy that gets the big job done, and that is what we are trying to do,” said Bernie Armstrong at Nov. 2 public hearing. Armstrong is an alternate on the Commission.

The plan is available on the Harbor Management website. Comments can be sent to Bruce Angiolillo, chairman of the Commission, at

The state had asked the commissioners to eliminate repetitive language and be more specific about the current state of the harbor and what needed to change in it, said John Gaucher, a coastal planner with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Commission members have said they would like to have the plan confirmed and approved by the state in the spring of 2017.

Source: greenwich time

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