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For Release: Thursday, June 20, 2019

DEC Announces Closure of Saranac River to Boating Between Lower Locks and Second Pond Boat Launch

River Impassable Due to Low Water Levels - Result of Vandals Opening Sluice Gate on Lower Locks

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that it has closed the Saranac River to boating between the Lower Lock and Second Pond Boat Launch because of extremely low water levels that make this section of the river impassable.

The low water levels are result of vandals breaking into the controls for the sluice gate overnight and fully opening it. The sluice gate was further damaged and cannot be immediately closed. DEC is working to repair and close the gate and will provide notice when repairs are complete and water levels have risen enough to reopen this section of the Saranac River to boating.

DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers are investigating this incident and ask that members of the public with information about the act of vandalism contact 518-897-1326.

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