APA allows extra public hearing

Before the total ban, the Department of Environmental Conservation had proposed a 10-year extension to floatplane access citing the high percentage of revenue the floatplane operators generate from trips to Lows Lake.

Local government officials are now troubled by the assertion that a lake bottom could potentially be classified as "wilderness," a move they say is precedent-setting. Franklin County Legislator Paul Maroun sent a letter to APA Chairman Curt Stiles earlier this week expressing as much.

"It's not a common practice; it is a precedent-setting issue actually. What I am concerned about is two things: One, this has very serious implications for Lake Placid, Cranberry Lake and even the Raquette River. We may have to extract docks that are in there already," he said. "If they (the APA) claim riparian rights, that means what's under the water would belong to the State of New York now."

Maroun said the state has enough problems paying the taxes on the land it already owns. Adding lakebeds would only increase the tax-burden on the state, he said.

But for environmentalists, these measures are an appropriate and necessary step in assuring the wild character of the Bog River Flow.

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