July 4th 2015: From Wonderful To Wet

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It was a 4th of July Schroon style to remember – on so many levels. From the traditional Community Church Barbecue, all day kids activities and music at the beach, as Main Street buzzed all day long.  The entrée to the main course went off perfectly.

One again the parade dazzled.  It’s always an amazing experience to be part of a small town tradition, which rolls out a HUGE event. The smiles and cheering from an exuberant crowd, candy galore and seeing so many flags waved is very special.

But then things went south pretty fast, thanks to a nasty weather front, which really messed things up. Read more in our July 4, 2015 section.

Solving Schroon Lake’s Level Issues: What To Do?

  THE BEACH AT SCHROON LAKE. JULY 3, 2015. SCHROONLAKER COLLECTION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. COPYRIGHT 2015  

 

THE BEACH AT SCHROON LAKE. JULY 3, 2015. SCHROONLAKER COLLECTION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. COPYRIGHT 2015

 

For folks in the northern part of Schroon Lake – the monsoon like rains have claimed our beaches – and many property owners can barely can make out their docks  -- under several feet of water.

For those south along Schroon River – in Warren County --  the situation is more dire for property owners in Chester and Horicon.

Large parcels of their land are unusable. Several campgrounds have lost valuable income producing sites, not to mention damage to their wells and loss of property that has floated down river.

For those wondering if the dam at Starbuckville is open, the answer is “YES”, says East Shore Schroon Lake President Jane Smith.

“It’s open and being monitored. People on the lake want it open. People south of the lake want it closed. There is a lot of finger pointing right now,” Jane told Schroon Laker today.

So important is this issue, ESSLA has taken the first steps to form a committee to find solutions. “It’s not about controlling the dam, it’s about looking at the lake level as a whole. This is a subject that bares out searching for solutions.

"We want to involve the DEC and have representation from all parties who use the river and lake.

(Jane has been talking with Roger Friedman, from the Schroon Lake Association). ESSLA’s Rich Nawrot will chair it.

“The reality is that we’ve had a wet spring and summer, with non stop pop up showers happening on a regular basis. No one has control over that, but if there’s a way to help all parties, we’ll try and find it.”

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