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To The Editor:
The opening of the Pepacton Reservoir for recreational boating is a great step in the right direction.  All that’s needed now is a broader definition of what constitutes a nonpolluting boat for reservoir recreation.  

The News’ article mentioned that 93 percent of recreational boating permits during the past three years on the Cannonsville Reservoir were for kayaks.

I, for one, would like to see the definition of a recreational boat expanded from rowboats, canoes, and kayaks to include pedal boats.  These nonpolluting, human-powered, silent boats are easy to launch and much more stable than the other three categories.  
Pedal boats are most perfect for older folks (like me) for whom getting into and out of a rowboat, canoe, or kayak is risky and painful.  

Pedal boats offer better, safer stability as well as great aerobic exercise without exceeding the speed of boats in the other three categories.

Last, but not least, is that pedal boating fits neatly within with the area’s focus on cycling, a la “Pepacton Pedal Power!”

Here’s hoping that the NYC DEP will see the light and add pedal boats to the list of approved recreational boats for use on the Cannonsville and the three other reservoirs that are scheduled to open for recreational uses this coming Memorial Day.
Food for thought!

Bill Krumpter,
Prince George, VA