After nearly a decade of discussion and planning, work on the Little York Lake dam began in early July. The county is replacing the current, 80 year-old structure. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of October.
“Getting the dam replacement project approved was a long and arduous process with many meetings with the County Legislature,” commented Little York Improvement Society Paul Stepien. “Now we are turning our efforts to managing our variable leaf milfoil issues. This will take a community effort including a comprehensive management plan. Dealing with our public boat launch, perhaps installing a boat wash manned by stewards, will be an important element.”
In 2012 the dam was classified as “intermediate risk” by DEC, up from the previous “moderate hazard”. The dam is primarily used as a flood control tool. It is also used to control the lake water levels, reducing them in the winter and restoring them in the spring.