Tree Clearing Along the Saw Mill River
For those of you who drive the SMR Parkway going North, just about a ½ mile from the exit at Elmsford, you’ve probably noticed lots of trees coming down that don’t seem related to any storm damage. It’s true. Years ago, a 24” pressurized gas line was placed alongside the parkway and river—it was an easy place to put it—and, who knows, maybe no one thought it was a bad idea at the time. Every 15 years or so, the company that owns the pipeline does maintenance—clearing large trees whose roots might damage the pipeline leading to corrosion and failure. And, in this day of issues of security, the pipeline company is also clearing it to maintain its ability to do constant aerial surveillance.
In discussing the matter with the regional manager in charge of this area, he said the places where trees have been cut will be seeded, mulched and stabilized to prevent erosion. An employee of the pipeline company is always on-site with the contractor working on the project.