DEC and the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) recently announced TILT’s acquisition of 527 acres in the Town of Alexandria as part of the Crooked Creek Preserve Water Quality Initiative. This acquisition will protect the surface water quality of the St. Lawrence River. TILT acquired the parcels with New York State Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) funding that provides resources to protect source waters.
The St. Lawrence River serves as a drinking water source for many nearby communities. As shoreline development and agricultural expansion continues along the River, the potential for water contamination of this widely used source water increases. The acquisition includes three parcels in the Goose Bay/Crooked Creek complex:
- The 319-acre Broudy property on Goose Bay in the Town of Alexandria borders Kring Point State Park. With its extensive coastal wetlands (about 100 acres) and nearly two miles of undeveloped road frontage, this tract provides unparalleled source water protection value, habitat, and scenic values in the Goose Bay region.
- Adjoining the Broudy property on Goose Bay is the approximately 27-acre Weisberg property. The Weisberg property boasts a rolling, mature forested habitat adjacent to the north Goose Bay wetland complex. The forests are interspersed with undulating rock outcrops and vernal pools with coastal wetlands on its western boundary. The property also features substantial undeveloped road frontage along Route 12.
- The Wilton parcel is approximately 182 acres and features 50 acres of New York State DEC Class 1 wetland (about 36 acres from the National Wetland Inventory), with 5,000 feet of frontage along Crooked Creek in the Town of Alexandria. The property features mature white pine and oak forests bordered by early-successional shrubland, in addition to a manmade wetland/pond installed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners Program. The Wilton property falls between TILT’s Crooked Creek Preserve and TILT’s Butterfield Marsh Preserve.
319-acre Broudy property. Photo courtesy of Feather in Flight Productions