Posts Tagged ‘marinas’

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Lake Champlain cable slated for install

Lake Champlain as seen from Point Au Roche State Park in May

Cable installation nears start in Lake Champlain

over two years ago, we reported a story on a massive and complex project to pipe hydropower from Quebec to New York City.

Why was the Adirondack Explorer interested in the story? Because that energy will make its way to the city via a transmission line under Lake Champlain and underground through a sliver of the park’s southeastern corner.

The transmission project, more than a decade in the making, offered an interesting look at the tricky trade-offs of the renewable energy transition. The power will come from Hydro-Quebec’s sprawling portfolio of dams and reservoirs, many of which left a legacy of mistreatment and displacement of Indigenous communities. But no new dams will be built to fuel New York, and energy economists argue it’s a smart way to balance intermittent solar and wind energy sources.

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

APA hearings?

The marina site on Fish Creek Ponds

Groups to APA: Hold a hearing

Five groups — Protect the Adirondacks, the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Adirondack Wild, Adirondack Council, and the Upper Saranac Foundation — on Monday outlined a shared argument making the case for a rare Adirondack bird: An evidentiary hearing. The groups’ stance: The Adirondack Park Agency board should refer a proposed marina expansion on its agenda this week to a rare evidentiary hearing.

The group’s called the proposed marina expansion at Fish Creek Ponds a “radical departure” from the former Hickok’s boat livery that operated at the site for decades.

“As proposed, the marina is likely to have significant adverse impacts on existing aquatic uses, public safety, wetland and wildlife resources, water quality and neighboring private landowners and Public Forest Preserve,” the groups wrote in a statement issued Monday.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

APA Should Hold Hearing on Marina Expansion; Issues Demand More Study

Boater drives by marina

Ray Brook, NY – Five organizations concerned about the size, scope, and regional impacts of the proposed USL Marina on a small pond near Fish Creek Pond Campground are calling on the New York State Adirondack Park Agency (APA) to hold an adjudicatory public hearing on the application. The marina’s application is set to come before the APA Board at its May 16 monthly meeting in Ray Brook. The decision of whether to hold a public hearing is up to the Agency’s eleven voting decision-makers, or Board members.

The proposed commercial marina is a radical departure from the small boat livery that was formerly at the site of the proposed project.  The new proposal covers a vast area of water and shoreland devoted to commercial use by large watercraft. As proposed, the marina is likely to have significant adverse impacts on Lower Fish Creek Pond and on nearby, narrow channels connecting the Pond to Fish Creek, Upper Saranac Lake, and Follensby Clear Pond.

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Friday, July 1, 2022

Raising big questions


A pair of proposed marina expansions are upsetting neighbors and raising the salience of a critical question for state agencies: how many boats are too many boats?

The same development team behind a proposed marina expansion on Lower Saranac Lake, which has been challenged in appellate court by a former Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner, is pushing forward a similar project on Fish Creek Ponds in Santa Clara.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

NYS eases up on boat launch, marina restrictions

boat launch courtesy decAfter days of back and forth about the closure of privately owned boat launches and marina and what that means for state-owned facilities, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday an easing of restrictions that were put into effect last week.

In a news release sent over the weekend, Cuomo, in conjunction with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers will be allowed to open for personal use as long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed. Chartered watercraft services or rentals will not be allowed, and restaurant activity at these sites must be limited to take-out or delivery only, like anywhere else in the three states.

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