Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The article “Not Ready For A Swan Song” was inaccurate and politically biased. The mute swan plan is not about killing swans, it is about conserving native waterfowl.
Public comment should be given careful research and thought; it should not be derived from filter-feeding on propaganda. This biased article was published only two days before the comment deadline. Despite the short notice, the article contained information about the public comment period. It is clear that the intent was to influence readers to hastily comment based only on what they read in the Massapequa Observer and not seek any other information. This article was inaccurate, irresponsible, and politically motivated.
This article did not take into account that the rationale behind the DEC’s plan was to protect the nest sites of native waterfowl, prevent overgrazing of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), and remove one source of water contamination. There are no nonlethal methods to prevent mute swans from drowning native birds, driving them from nesting habitat, overgrazing SAV, and from defecating in the water.