Sequester hits Delaware Water Gap

Another casualty of the federal sequester.

To meet a mandated budget cut of five percent, the National Parks Service will close two popular access points to the river. Those are Milford Beach and Kittatinny Point.

 

Chuck Cooper owns, Edge of the Woods Outfitters, which leads canoe and rafting tours on the Delaware River through the water gap.

He says the closures will eliminate the shortest routes which are most popular with families.

“I think the biggest impact is they just won’t come to this area,” said Cooper. “They’ll go to a different area. and have their vacations there.”

Cooper and other livery owners learned of the closures just three weeks before the start of the season.

He says with more warning, they might have been able to pool their resources to help the park service keep the spots open.

The Delaware Water Gap park has not yet responded with a comment.

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