Legislation was introduced in the New York State Assembly on May 14, 2014 (Bill A09650) that would abolish the Hudson River Black River Regulating District (HRBRRD) and transfer their responsibilities to the New York State Power Authority. The Sacandaga Protection Committee (SPC) opposes this legislation.
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 National Grid case has been very active over the past six months and we expect this activity to continue through 2014. The attorneys are currently conducting in-depth depositions of many people - experts and other participants. The SPC attorney's actively participate in these depositions. For those who are not familiar with the National Grid case, the following is from our last newsletter and remains relevant:
The issue of exclusive use of the permit area remains our highest priority. We understand that this is extremely important to all permit holders and without exclusive use, property values around the lake would fall dramatically. The SPC successfully convinced HRBRRD to reinstate the "Exclusive Use" terminology on the permit signs and yearly permit renewals. We continue to be engaged in active threats to exclusive use (i.e., Niagara Mohawk lawsuits) and monitor the activities of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and others who would potentially threaten exclusive use.
The Sacandaga Protection Committee hosted their second annual Summer Cocktail Party on Sunday June 30 at Lanzi’s on the Lake. The SPC attorney from Hodgson Russ and government affairs consultant from Bolton St Johns spoke to over 200 permit holders and community members in attendance. The fundraiser brought in over $18,000 to support the efforts of the Sacandaga Protection Committee. We thank the businesses around the lake who donated items for the silent auction and all those who purchased tickets and contributed to the event.
Settlement with Five Downstream Counties and the Regulating District is finally approved - March 2013
At their March 12, 2013 meeting the Hudson River Black River Regulating District Board passed a resolution approving a settlement with five downstream counties (Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington) over flood control assessments.
A state Supreme Court Appellate panel ruled on May 10, 2012 that the Hudson River Black River Regulating District (HRBRRD) was justified in billing the downstream counties of Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Albany and Rennselaer for flood control. However, the Court ruled that in determining the total flood control bill the HRBRRD must first subtract the flood control benefit received by the State for it’s downstream property and infrastructure.
SPC Attorney Presents Legal Arguments to HRBRRD Board Regarding the Modification of Access Permits - May 8, 2012
At the May 8, 2012 Board meeting of the Hudson River Black River Regulating District (HRBRRD) the Sacandaga Protection Committee’s (SPC) Attorney presented arguments to the Board in opposition of a proposed resolution that would allow modification of Beach Access Permits.
A draft of the long awaited Oak Ridge National Laboratory beneficiaries study for the Conklingville Dam has been posted on the HRBRRD's website. The report entitled "Draft Report Headwater Benefits Determination Hudson River Basin" presents the findings of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with respect to the benefit of stream flow regulation (i.e., the Sacandaga River) at downstream power producing facilities.