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Install Lock 7 gates to alleviate flooding

Install Lock 7 gates to alleviate flooding

Revamp lock to prevent flooding

 

Is Lock 7 dam the cause of Stockade flooding?

I attended part of the March 23 Watershed Symposium at Union College and learned that the Lock 7 dam in Niskayuna lacks release-gates and thus causes most of the flooding we experience in the historic Stockade. 

The canal dams upstream are liftable, either partially or fully, giving them the ability to release excess water and also reduce the threat of ice-jamming. It is this “pooling of water” at Lock 7 that causes most of our flooding. Can New York state own this engineering mistake and move toward correcting it?

Susan DuFour

Schenectady

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