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NY Works dam improvement projects continue

ALBANY - $1.6 million in dam improvements at eight NY Works projects will help control flooding and make New York State more resilient to storms.

“Through the NY Works program, we are making critical investments to create jobs and build a stronger and more resilient New York,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “These projects will overhaul existing dams across the State, helping to control water levels, prevent flooding and ultimately ensure safer communities.”

The projects, undertaken in regions across the state, include two work orders awarded by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the State Office of General Services (OGS) and six work orders awarded by DEC and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY).

Specific work includes: raising the height of some dams to increase storm water storage capacity, reinforcing and regrading embankments, installing rip rap to control erosion, expanding piping and adding or repairing outlet valves.

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said, “Governor Cuomo’s NY Works program provides funding for critical projects to upgrade New York’s dams and flood control infrastructure to protect communities across the state.  As these projects demonstrate, vital work is being done to improve the integrity of dams and enhance flood control to help make New York State and its communities more resilient to storms.”

Improvements will be made this month to:

  • Taylor Pond Dam, Town of Black Brook, Clinton County - $943,400: Murnane Building Contractors (DEC/OGS). Scope work includes raising the height of the dam to store more storm water, adding seepage drains and installing rip rap. Work is scheduled to begin this month.
  • Marcell Rothe Dam, Town of Kent, Putnam County - $271,443: Arold Construction Company (DEC/OGS). Scope of work includes reconstructing the outlet structure to restore historic water levels, adding additional embankment material to improve dam stability, extending the outlet pipe and providing an overflow auxillary spillway. Work is scheduled to be completed this month.
  • Papish Pond Dam, Town of Cincinnatus, Cortland County - $221,565: R&S Associates General Contractors Inc. (DEC/DASNY). Scope of work includes replacing the existing outlet structure and placing embankment material to improve dam stability. Work is scheduled to begin this month.


DEC completed repair work late last year at the following dams:

  • Lens Lake Dam – Town of Stony Creek, Warren County - $8,172 to repair erosion and repaint railings
  • Palmer Pond Dam – Town of Moriah, Essex County - $46,173 to remove vegetation from embankment, repaint valve and railings, repair leaks.
  • Waneta Lake Dam – Town of Rockland, Sullivan County - $18,619 to remove debris that was blocking spillway.
  • Howard Jeffery Dam – Town of North Norwich, Chenango County - $49,558 to repair drawdown structure, erosion and embankment rutting.
  • Jackson Pond Dam – Town of Pharsalia, Chenango County - $48,690 to repair drawdown gate, erosion and embankment rutting.