Saratoga County

Great Sacandaga Lake levels running high

The Great Sacandaga Lake is high - more than 13 feet higher than the historic average - but regulato

The Great Sacandaga Lake is high – more than 13 feet higher than the historic average – but regulators said today they’re not concerned about a lack of storage capacity.

The level this morning was 759.64 feet above sea level, while the historic average for the date is 746.43 feet. The Conklingville Dam spillway elevation is 771 feet.

The Hudson River Black River Regulating District operates the lake as a flood-control reservoir to prevent flooding in the Hudson River Valley and to augment the flow of the river during dry periods. Chief Engineer Rob Foltan said the level is high because the district has been storing water.

The snowpack is also wetter than normal thanks to recent rains, he said.

“As of March 3rd to the 5th, which was the last survey, we had about 150 percent of the historic average water content,” Foltan said.

Releases are dictated by the flow of the upper Hudson, and those levels have abated to the point where the district can once again release water. Foltan said maximum release levels will likely be attained by next week, although everything is weather-dependent.

“You never know what you’re going to get, but for storing water and providing flood protection, I’m not concerned,” he said.

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