DEC To Begin Dismantling Of Marcy Dam

Sep 13, 2015

Marcy Dam after being partially washed away after Hurricane Irene
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Work is slated to begin shortly on the first stage of removal of Marcy Dam in the Adirondack High Peaks.

The log dam was a favorite photo and camping spot for generations of Adirondack hikers, who took in the view of mountains reflecting in the dam's pond. But state officials decided it would be too expensive to repair damage from 2011's Tropical Storm Irene, which broke a notch in the dam and drained the pond.

In a notice on its website, the Department of Environmental Conservation says the first stage of dismantling will include the removal of splash boards, top rocks for the first tier, first tier crib pieces and vertical side boards from the walls below the spillway.

Hikers are asked to stay away from equipment and riggings. Work will be done during the week.

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