All permits and approvals for construction of Phase Two of the Bartlett Carry Dam have been granted and obtained. Upon receiving the required approval, work began almost immediately. The contractor has mobilized equipment to the site and in the first day of work constructed a temporary access road to the dam.  Special attention was made to protect trees and underground sewer lines when accessing the dam with the heavy equipment. In addition, a silt fence was installed to prevent storm-water runoff from entering the lake. Twenty-foot sheet pilings have been delivered to the site. These will be driven in vertically, upstream of the area needed for repair to stabilize the soils in preparation for excavating the north embankment.

The agencies that are involved in the permitting and approval process include the NYS DEC Dam Safety Section who issued an Emergency Authorization Permit and the Adirondack Park Agency who gave a non-jurisdictional determination. In addition, the Army Corp of Engineers, and most recently, the Town of Harrietstown Zoning Board of Appeals approved the issuing of a Special Permit. The Upper Saranac Foundation also drafted an agreement with the Bartlett Carry Club to temporarily expand the Foundation’s current easement in order to access the dam through Bartlett Carry Club property and accommodate the work anticipated in this phase of the dam project.

Phase Two of the project includes clearing the embankment, upgrading the existing coffer dam, including dewatering and stabilizing the area behind the existing coffer dam. The concrete cut-off wall and north wing-wall will be excavated and replaced. In addition, the downstream side of the cut-off wall will be excavated and fill removed and replaced with stone. The work site will be fully restored, including removal of the temporary coffer dam and access road.  Site restoration may need to be completed in the spring of 2019, depending on weather conditions this fall and early winter.

The total cost of Phases One and Two are currently on par with initial estimates, exceeding $300,000. The response from the Lake Community to financially support this effort has been very encouraging. The Upper Saranac Foundation thanks those who have already supported this project, and asks those who have not to please consider a donation to the Bartlett Carry Dam fund at www.usfoundation.net/donate .

Access road looking south towards the dam; protective wrapping applied to trees with road fabric under new fill.

20″ Sheet Pilings, to be driven in vertically, upstream of the area needed for repair to stabilize the soils in preparation for excavating the north embankment.

The top of the north embankment concrete cut-off  wall that will be replaced .

Newly installed silt fence and raised cofferdam; photo looking south