New York State Comptroller Reports Dam Problems
The New York State Comptroller’s office has released a dam study showing a number of local government and privately run water control facilities are high or intermediate hazards.
Many dams are either not rated or unsound. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says $360 million is needed for dam repair across the state.
The report shows more than one-thousand intermediate and high-hazard dams are in the state with close to 400 of them owned or co-owned by local governments.
In Broome County, high-hazard government-owned dams are at several points on Nanticoke Creek in the Town of Lisle, Little Choconut Creek in the Town of Maine, and points on Nanticoke Creek in the Town of Maine. Oquaga Creek State Park Dam, Patterson Brixuis Grey Watershed Dam in the Town of Union, Palmers Pond Dam in Deposit, Brandywine Creek Site 1 Dam in Port Dickinson and the Whitney Point Dam in the Town of Triangle are all on the high-hazard list and are not rated but all have management plans on file.
No New York dams are rated unsafe and the majority, like those in Broome are not assigned a condition rating by the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Owners of high and intermediate-hazard dams have to have an engineering assessment done at least every 10 years with a report submitted to the DEC.
To read the report on Dam Infrastructure, go to http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/pubs/research/dam-infrastructure-2018.pdf.