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June 21, 2017 My name is Christina Wilkinson and I am president of the Newtown

June 21, 2017

My name is Christina Wilkinson and I am president of the Newtown Historical Society. I am presenting these comments on behalf of my organization as well as the Juniper Park Civic Association. Robert Holden, president of the civic association, regrets not being able to attend the hearing as he was asked to represent Queens Community Board 5 at the NY Community Aviation roundtable in Bayside tonight.

The Ridgewood Reservoir is a combination of a natural and manmade treasure that must be preserved and properly cared for. The reservoirs connection to the history of both boroughs is undeniable, which is why we are in favor of listing the reservoir as a whole on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.

Although neglect is generally a bad thing, in the case of the reservoir, its neglect was fortunate in that it led to it growing into a varied habitat, unique to the entire city. It is now incumbent upon us to make the most of the gift that nature has given us.

While we support a Critical Environmental Area distinction, we are also concerned that it does not go far enough. The basins contain 3 distinctive habitats a bog, a pond and a forest which provide vast educational opportunities. However, several environmental reports have indicated that there are endangered species residing inside the forested basin, which contains a wet meadow requiring protection. In order to assure this, we respectfully ask that the DEC move forward with the necessary wetlands mapping in addition to designation of the Critical Environmental Area.

Thank you.

designation of the Critical Environmental Area. Thank you. Christina Wilkinson President, Newtown Historical Society

Christina Wilkinson President, Newtown Historical Society

you. Christina Wilkinson President, Newtown Historical Society Robert F. Holden President, Juniper Park Civic Association

Robert F. Holden President, Juniper Park Civic Association