Welcome to the web site of the Sacandaga Protection Committee. Formed in 2009 in response to proposed changes to the 80 year old Sacandaga Lake permit system, the SPC's mission is to protect the environmental, economic and legal interests of the entire lake community. Although the permit system rule changes have been put on hold, the SPC continues to support the interests of the lake community. The SPC is active in several onging issues with potential impact to the lake community.
As winter approaches we would like to take an opportunity to provide you with an update from the Sacandaga Protection Committee. Through the generous support of the lake community we have raised over $250,000 since our organization was formed in 2009. We are a volunteer group and 100% of this money is used to protect the rights of the permit holders and lake community. Here are a few of the issues we are working on:
The issue of Exclusive Use is the number one priority of the SPC. We are working with the Governor’s office and the NYS Senate and Assembly to bring a legislative solution to this matter. Our lawyers and lobbyists are ready to continue negotiations with the new Governor and DEC Commissioner.
A dispute involving Exclusive Use of Beach Permit has recently drawn attention in the Broadalbin area. It is our understanding that this is a long standing dispute between several neighbors, all of them permit holders.
On September 30, 2010, United States District Judge Norman A. Mordue issued a decision dismissing National Grid’s latest attempt to avoid shouldering its share of the costs for maintaining Great Sacandaga Lake and the Conklingville Dam. In the suit, National Grid claimed that many of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District’s operations, including the GSL Permit System, were preempted by federal law and contrary to the United States Constitution.