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For Release: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

DEC to Close Lower Locks for the Winter

Annual Closure on December 4

The Lower Locks on the Saranac Lakes Chain will be shut down for the winter, effective Monday, December 4, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. The locks are closed and made inoperable every winter to avoid unsafe situations for users and to prevent damage to the locks.

"DEC closes the locks each winter to protect the public and ensure the continued long-term operation of these important facilities," said DEC Region 5 Director Robert Stegemann. "Operation of the locks in the presence of ice is unsafe for users and can overtax lock machinery and equipment."

DEC does not officially close the Upper Locks on the Saranac Lakes Chain. The locks are manually operated and become inoperable when ice forms. Unlike the Lower Locks, there is no hydraulic equipment that can be damaged.

The Lower Locks will be reopened after the spring ice out.

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