Date: 1/11/21 7:06 am
From: Nancy Gil <nancylouisegil48...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake may be in danger
There must be 1000 redhead ducks close to shore in Aurora right now at 10 am.

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> On Jan 11, 2021, at 8:22 AM, Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...> wrote:
>
> Has this been reported in any of the local presses? That might be a
> good place to start increasing awareness.
> More generally, I'm not finding any web presence at all describing
> this issue with any authority.
>
> Are the homeowners along the lakeshore and nearby aware of this? They
> would seem most likely to be directly impacted, and most motivated to
> actively do something about it.
>
> Suan
>
>
>> On Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 3:18 PM Bard Prentiss <bvanwoert13...> wrote:
>>
>> The Dryden Lake that we know and love is in serious danger of reverting to
>>
>> its primitive original form as a shallow pond.
>>
>> The dam is beginning to leak a bit and its current owner NYS DEC
>>
>> may not wish to spend the money for a proper replacement of concrete
>>
>> nor are they interested in repairing and maintaining the current dam.
>>
>> The town is also resistant to assuming the costs and responsibility for
>>
>> either idea, although there has been a dam there since the late1700s.
>>
>> It is unlikely given the way things happen these days that the dam will
>>
>> be allowed to just rot away. It will probably have to be destroyed soon,
>>
>> for liability reasons, and the lake drained to primitive levels.
>>
>> Such action would dramatically effect the lives of persons throughout the
>>
>> region. The lake would, in effect, become relatively useless to its current
>>
>> large, diverse crop of users. It would have little appeal to the large number
>>
>> of boaters currently dotting its waters throughout the warmer
>>
>> months. Its shallow nature would limit the species of fish that
>>
>> could live there to pan fish.
>>
>> The current Dryden Lake Park would be difficult to justify and the trail
>>
>> would have little relationship to the remaining pond.
>>
>> The current lake’s great value to birders and naturalists
>>
>> would be seriously reduced.
>>
>> The lake attracts thousands of visitors yearly
>>
>> for all the activities mentioned above as well as for public gatherings,
>>
>> picnicking and relaxing.
>>
>> The loss of the lake would have a major economic impact on the region.
>>
>> It would be truly serious for the area to loose Dryden Lake.
>>
>> We can’t let it happen!
>>
>> Attached is a resolution by the Town of Dryden
>>
>> Conservation Board.
>>
>> To strengthen the case for keeping a dam individuals might write to
>>
>> the NYSDEC Region 7, Fisher Ave, Cortland, N Y 13045 and the
>>
>> Dryden Town Board, 93 E Main St. Dryden, N Y 13053 expressing
>>
>> the importance of the lake to them personally.
>>
>> PS: Feel free to post this any where it might further spread the word.
>>
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