WATERTOWN — Jefferson County is requesting increased patrols along the St. Lawrence River between the Thousand Islands Bridge and Point Vivian to reduce wakes during ongoing high water.

Board of Legislators Chairman Scott A. Gray sent a letter on Tuesday to the state police, park police, Coast Guard, Department of Environmental Conservation and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. In it, he describes receiving “persistent complaints” from land owners regarding boats traveling at high speeds — a particular issue when water is already high and increased wakes can aggravate damage to shoreline properties.

Mr. Gray goes on to say that he has heard when the agencies have patrols in the area there are no problems with excessive wakes. He requested increased patrols among the five agencies, or amending the current state of emergency to implement a speed limit.

The Times called the local offices of all the law enforcement agencies. The DEC sent a statement saying it would continue to work on wake enforcement, none of the others could be immediately reached for comment.

“The ... DEC is committed to working with communities in the region that are affected by high water levels to prevent and address damage,” read the statement. “DEC’s Environmental Conservation Police Officers will continue to actively work with other law enforcement agencies in wake enforcement along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.”

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