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Dogs barred from Trinity Reservoir trails


By DON HEPPNER
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ACK GOLBERG PHOTO

Trails at the Morgenthau Preserve in Pound Ridge. The preserve has prohibited dogs since 2011.

 

Residents walking dogs on the Trinity Reservoir trail are becoming a problem, according to Aquarion Water Company property manager Steve Stamos. After receiving numerous calls from residents complaining about unleashed dogs on reservoir property, he posted rules at the trailhead clarifying Aquarion’s “no dog” policy.

Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut is the largest private landowner in Pound Ridge. Aquarion is the public water supply company for approximately 192,300 customer accounts, or more than 625,000 people, in 47 cities and towns throughout Connecticut’s Fairfield, New Haven, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex and New London counties.

“We have that problem on all our property surrounding our reservoirs, not just the Trinity trail,” said Mr. Stamos on Wednesday, referring to several properties in Pound Ridge and many in Connecticut. “We don’t allow dogs on the trails leashed or unleashed. That rule has existed since we opened up the trail.”

While dogs are not allowed, he said, hikers are encouraged, and provide “watchful eyes” in maintaining reservoir security.

In response to the new postings, Mr. Stamos said that he has had phone calls from dog owners who were upset that dogs are not allowed on Aquarion property.

Mr. Stamos acknowledged the information alerting dog owners to the rules and regulations governing the use of the trail should have been posted earlier. To meet that need, about a month ago Aquarion installed a kiosk with maps and the rules, said Mr. Stamos. The trails are open for hiking as well as fishing on the west bank of the reservoir. Boating, kayaking and skating are among the prohibited activities. The rules are available at the kiosk and in the Town House on Westchester Avenue.

Mr. Stamos said there are reasons to keep dogs off the property. “The first is that it is a sanitary issue since the reservoir is a public drinking water supply,” he said. “It is also an environmental issue. We have animals in there that dogs have a tendency to chase.”

He said it is important to keep the forest healthy, and that means a balance between the animal and plant life.

In addition to protecting wildlife, Mr. Stamos said that some residents have complained about harassment by loose dogs. “The dogs might be friendly but they jump up on people using the trail and cause a nuisance,” said Mr. Stamos.

He said he has received phone calls from individuals who accused him of disliking dogs. “That’s not true,” said Mr. Stamos. “I love dogs, but we cannot have them on reservoir property.”

He said he sympathizes with dog owners and understands that many local preserves are prohibiting dogs on their property. Because of this, the reservoir lands have seen an uptick in traffic. He said that unpatrolled lands are more likely to get dog walkers who, according to Pound Ridge police, could receive criminal trespass charges or fines.

“We don’t even allow wheeled vehicles on any of our reservoir property and that rule holds in Pound Ridge as well,” Mr. Stamos said.

Gail Jankus, chairwoman of the town’s conservation board, said that walking dogs on preserve trails is a problem in Pound Ridge. “It’s their property and they set the rules,” she said. “I love dogs and I am a resident who walked my dog. I understand the desire to let the dog run free, but we can’t allow that.”

She suggested that residents who want to walk their pets go to the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.

The reservoir land joins other properties in Pound Ridge by clamping down on dog walkers. Until about a year ago, Pound Ridge residents had been walking on Ralph Lauren’s property, which abuts the Henry Morgenthau Preserve on Pound Ridge Road. However, a dog bite incident initiated a call from Mr. Lauren’s lawyer to the Pound Ridge Police, leading to the closure of the property to both walkers and their dogs.

“Ralph Lauren’s lawyer called me, and I said that if you don’t want people on the property, you must put signs up that tell people not to trespass,” Pound Ridge Police Chief Dave Ryan said on Tuesday.

The 32-acre Morgenthau Preserve, located on Pound Ridge Road near the hamlet, prohibited dogs in 2011in order to protect seedlings and wildlife.

President of the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy Elyse Arnow said in contract that dogs are welcome on the conservancy’s preserves. “The dogs must be leashed and residents must pick up after their dogs,” she said. “We actually enforce this rule. If someone is walking their dog without a leash, we kindly ask them to put the dog on a leash.”

Ms. Arnow said the land conservancy wants Pound Ridge residents to use the trails and experience the beauty of the preserves, and by allowing leashed dogs, more people will enjoy the outdoors. “If you stop people with dogs from using the property, a number of people will miss the opportunity to take advantage of our lands,” said Ms. Arnow.

Ms. Arnow said that the land belonging to the conservancy is the conservancy’s and the conservancy can set the conditions for the land’s use.

“We pay over $7,000 per year for liability insurance so that we can have our lands open to the public,” she said. “We hope that people abide by the rules.”

The town code states that dogs are allowed to run freely without a leash, but dogs are required to be under voice control.

Aquarion’s new rules are available at the Town House and in the kiosk at the entrance to the Trinity trail.


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