The Upper Saranac Foundation (USF) acquired the Bartlett Carry Dam in 1993 and has operated and maintained it since. This critical structure maintains water levels of up to 4 feet for Upper Saranac Lake. The dam represents a significant responsibility for USF; as owners, we comply with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Dam Safety Standards and follow all required protocols.
The importance of properly operating and maintaining dams became a focus of DEC after the Hadlock Pond Dam — in the town of Fort Ann, just south of the Adirondack Park — failed in 2005. About 520 million gallons of water were released.