Friday, February 13, 2009

Public Meetings on Lows Lake Controversy

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) have scheduled two informational meetings for the public on proposed revisions to the draft management plan for the Bog River Flow Complex. At each meeting, there will be a brief presentation on the amendment followed by an opportunity for public comment.

The meetings are slated for Wednesday, February 18th:

Ray Brook – 1 p.m. at APA Headquarters (Route 86).

Warrensburg – 6 p.m. at DEC’s Warrensburg office (232 Golf Course Road).

Recently, DEC has proposed an amendment to the draft management plan [pdf] that would allow for continued floatplane access to a limited portion of Lows Lake for nearly four years, with a “sunset” date of Dec. 31, 2012. APA plans to consider whether the proposal complies with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) at its March 12-13, 2009, meeting.

DEC and APA have extended the public-comment period on revisions to the Bog River Flow Unit Management Plan until Feb. 27. To facilitate the process, DEC and APA will be sharing comments received.

Send written comments related to issues specific to the proposal for the Bog River Flow Unit Management Plan to: Peter Frank, NYS DEC, Division of Lands and Forests, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4254. Or e-mail:

Send written comments related to APSLMP compliance issues to: Richard Weber, Adirondack Park Agency, PO Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977. Or e-mail:

I wrote a short history of Lows Lake area development earlier this week [link].

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