Over 500 dams dot the Adirondack Park, shaping the physical and social landscape of the region more than any other infrastructure.
The dams are integral to Adirondack history and the way today’s residents and visitors experience the park. They also quietly threaten public safety.
For the past year, I compiled documents, visited dams, interviewed owners and examined the state of those hundreds of dams. This weekend we started rolling out a series of stories that explores the safety and ownership of the riskiest structures, the unique position of backcountry dams and lessons from other states about how to improve dam safety.
Check out the first set of stories online:
Here is a summary of the key findings from our reporting:
There are more stories to come this weekend and the weekend after that, including on wilderness dams and a look at dam safety strategies from across the country.
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The Conklingville Dam. Photo by Zachary Matson