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Riverbed boulders would create permanent waves. Source: John Duncan.
Riverbed boulders would create permanent waves. Source: John Duncan.

New whitewater park okay'd for Sacandaga River

The Adirondack Park Agency has approved construction of a new whitewater paddling park on the Sacandaga River in the southern Adirondack town of Hadley. Tom Saehrig is a planner with the APA. He says the goal is to add boulders and other challenging water features that will offer a fresh draw to sport kayakers.

"These are adjustable hydraulic wave control structures," Saehrig said. "They'll also be building a pool where the kayakers can play and enjoy this portion of the structure. They anticipate that more kayakers will come to the area."

John Duncan from Queensbury heads the Sacandaga-Hudson Advisory Council, which organized the project, which has been in the works since 2004. He told Brian Mann that changes to the Sacandaga River are needed as the sport of whitewater kayaking continues to evolve. But Duncan says even with APA approval, it's unclear how the new park will be paid for.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Drowned Cities

The St Lawrence River Power Project forever changed the landscape of the North Country. The hydro power dams erected almost 50 years ago expanded the Seaway, flooding 100 square miles of land on both sides of the river. St Lawrence County leaders who now argue for cheap power to stay here in the North Country say the state should remember that sacrifice.

Most of the flooding was on the Canadian side; we'll hear about the '10 lost villages' in a moment. On the American side, parts of Waddington and Massena were flooded, and hundreds of farmhouses along the old Route 37 were moved. Dale Hobson was an eyewitness. He spoke with Gregory Warner.  Go to full article
The boulders create permanent waves (Source:  John Duncan
The boulders create permanent waves (Source: John Duncan

Developer Remakes Sacandaga For Whitewater

A construction project now underway in the southern Adirondacks will reshape a stretch of the Sacandaga River, creating a new whitewater paddling park. Using bulldozers and backhoes, the developers are moving more than 1500 tons of rock from a nearby quarry into the river. Supporters say the new paddling park will enhance the river and draw tourists to the Adirondacks. Critics say the Sacandaga River should have been left alone. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

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