As we enter 2014 and our fifth year as an advocacy group, there is still much to be done! The Sacandaga Protection Committee (SPC) is a volunteer group of property owners/permit holders on the Great Sacandaga Lake who work to protect the environmental, economic, and legal interests of the lake community. The SPC was formed out of necessity in 2009 when the Hudson River Black River Regulating District (HRBRRD) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) considered sweeping rule changes that would have, among other things, done away with Permit Holders exclusive use of land in front of their homes and camps around the lake.
Since our formation in 2009 we have been a constant advocate for permit holders and the lake community with a direct role in several critical issues.
- Proposed permit system rule changes defeated: The SPC, along with other organizations around the lake, successfully mobilized the lake community in voicing opposition to the proposed DEC rule changes that would have eliminated permit holders' exclusive use of permit lands.
- Exclusive use restored: The SPC was responsible for returning exclusive use to the annual HRBRRD permits and permit signs.
- Niagara Mohawk lawsuit: The SPC was granted intervener status and was largely responsible for dismissal of a lawsuit that could have eliminated the permit system and exclusive use of permit lands. Niagara Mohawk appealed the decision and the SPC continues to be directly involved....more information on this issue below.
- HRBRRD Board seat: The SPC recommended a candidate who was approved and appointed to the Hudson River Black River Regulating District Board. As noted below, the SPC continues to work toward additional recommendations on the HRBRRD Board.
- HRBRRD Funding Issues: the SPC monitored the recent funding crisis of the HRBRRD as an advocate for permit holders and our local communities. As the HRBRRD searched for alternative funding sources the SPC was there, to act if necessary, to ensure the permit holders were not burdened with steep new permit fees.