Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Dam truths

indian lake dam

Between March and May, we published a series on the riskiest dams in the Adirondacks. Before the Explorer’s stories, these structures that we pass by every day, that contain the pristine lakes we enjoy, hadn’t received much public scrutiny. Reporter Zachary Matson’s research and reporting was extensive, often seeking out information that those who monitor these dams don’t make readily available.

Stories explored dam ownership and who is responsible for costly repairs, how dams are vulnerable to climate change, and whether dams in wilderness areas should be maintained or left to nature’s whims.

Journalism like this takes time and is expensive. And the Adirondack region needs it. We shine a light on issues important to this region because good journalism often leads to important change. Just the act of asking questions can encourage better practices. Join a community of people who care about rigorous, fact-finding reporting by making a donation today.

Next up in our in-depth reporting: A months-long investigation into housing issues that are plaguing the Adirondacks region.

It is because of your support the Explorer is able to dig deeply into stories like these. As a nonprofit, we rely on your financial support as well as your engaged readership.

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Indian Lake dam Photo by Zach Matson

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Tracy Ormsbee is the publisher of the Adirondack Explorer. When she’s not working – and it’s not black fly season – you can find her outdoors hiking, running, paddle boarding or reading a book on an Adirondack chair somewhere.

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