DEC Purchases Former Bachy’s Marina on Lake Ontario
The former Bachy’s Marina in the Jefferson County Hamlet of Three Mile Bay will be purchased by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Commissioner Pete Grannis announced today. The site contains approximately 1.1 acres of land and 300 feet of shoreline along Lake Ontario in the Town of Lyme and will provide important lake access and fishing opportunities for the public.
“This is a great project that will provide neighboring communities with necessary access to Lake Ontario,” Commissioner Grannis said. “DEC is looking forward to working with our partners in improving the site to offer even more opportunities for residents and visitors to go boating or kayaking, take part in terrific fishing opportunities, or just connect with nature along the lakeshore.”
DEC purchased the property for $183,300 using Environmental Protection Funds from Michael and Jeanette Countryman. The property already has a boat launch and DEC intends to further improve it by demolishing the marina building to provide additional parking. DEC will also be improving the boat launch to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The specifics of the improvements are currently under design by DEC staff. In addition, the State Department of Transportation (DOT) is designing an approximately $2.5 million highway reconstruction project along six-tenths of a mile of Route 12E in Three Mile Bay, which provides access to the marina. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2009.
“This is a shining example of how agencies can work together for the collective betterment of a community,” Transportation Commissioner Astrid C. Glynn said. “In cooperation with the State Department of Environmental Conservation, our highway project will further enhance recreational opportunities for all who visit the Three Mile Bay area.”
Lake Ontario and its embayments and tributaries comprise over 2.7 million acres. The region supports populations of a variety of fish, ranging from trout and salmon, bass and walleye to yellow perch and panfish, making Lake Ontario an increasingly attractive destination for boaters and anglers.
There is strong local support for this project because it will provide year-round access for the public to Lake Ontario and Chaumont Bay. The boat launch would be the first public boating access site to Three Mile Bay and will also provide needed access in the winter for ice fisherman. In a unanimous resolution on July 25, 2007, the Town Board of Lyme expressed support for DEC ownership of this property. In addition, a letter of support was also received from Jack Miller, President of the Town of Lyme Community Foundation and Judy Tyndall, President of the Lyme Garden Club. Both groups applaud the DEC for its efforts and feel strongly that this project will enhance recreational opportunities in their community. The Lyme Garden Club is interested in helping out with landscaping plans for the area.
Improvements to this site are among the Lake Ontario projects that will be paid for through natural resource damage (NRD) funding made available from a 2006 settlement with Occidental Chemical Corporation. The $12 million settlement is one of the largest NRD settlements in the country for lost recreational fishing use. The settlement will be used to restore, replace or acquire resources comparable to the injured natural resources.