The Explorer has published a series of reports about the legally questionable practice by some private landowners of blocking access to navigable streams that run through their property. (See links to stories below).
This coverage has had an important result, including a finding by the Department of Environmental Conservation that one such waterway, Shingle Shanty Brook and its tributary Mud Pond Outlet, are legally open for public use. This waterway connects key portions of the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area.
The state asked the landowners to remove cables that block access. They have not done so but instead sued our editor, Phil Brown, for trespass in the course of his reporting.
We hope this lawsuit will clarify the right of public navigation. Check back here for updates on this important case.