Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cantine Dam "Unsafe"

Diamond Mills Paper Company Dam, Town of Saugerties

Year built: 1929

Owner: Leading Edge Developers LLC

In 1978, the dam was classified "unsafe because of serious structural deficiencies" by the Army Corps. Spillway and outlet issues were corrected and the "unsafe" determination was reversed in 1980.

In 1986, a DEC investigation observed that steel and timber was "damaged" and the dam's "competency was doubtful." Similar findings were recorded in 2005.

To date, dam owner has failed to provide maintenance or emergency action plans. "Since December 2005, respondent failed to operate and maintain Diamond Mills Dam in a safe condition," the DEC said.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Been wondering about this for a long time. Won't be pretty if it lets loose. And how about 9W slowly sinking down the hillside on the S turns?