Riparian owners seek no-wake zone
New London City Council petitioned
By John Faucher
A group of New London property owners near the mouth of the Embarrass River and Wolf River are petitioning the New London City Council to place no-wake zones near the convergence of the two rivers.
Clyde Raney, a resident living in the condominiums along E. Wolf River Avenue said a group plans to appear at the June city council meeting.
The item will be placed on the June 2, Parks and Recreation Committee meeting.
Raney said boat traffic on the river is increasing.
“Boats now have larger motors and more speed and still no brakes,” said Raney. He said residents in the area of the Wolf and Embarrass Rivers feel it more of a safety concern.
He is proposing no wake zones on the Embarrass after the curve and the confluence of the two rivers, and on the Wolf River before the curve by New London Utilities down to the bridge.
“The power company curve is a blind curve and an accident waiting to happen,” said Raney. “The river is only about 80 feet across there and many boats sit and fish or drift in this area. When you include the presence of the 25-foot docks along shore in the area, it doesn’t leave much room for a speeding boat.”
Raney said he and other residents on both sides of the river are signing a petition, and would like to present their request to the full city council.