Rather than wait until this is perfected, we thought to make it available to all as we continue building and updating it. Feel free to look around. Under each header you will find various pages with information such as the Island Repair Project, the Dam Project, Pictures and Videos from our old site plus some additional new drone videos graciously provided by Don Schmitt showing the Reservoir down and some dam construction.
Bear with us as we continue adding content. Feel free to offer any ideas or constructive criticism for consideration.
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Poof, it’s Labor Day!
As we come to an end of another summer, so different than we are all use to, we hope this finds you all well. It has been one of hottest and driest summers ever, and we have survived the low water level!
Work has still been going forward to keep DeRuyter Lake, the special place we all enjoy.
At this time, I would like to personally thank Jim Adsitt, for the continual work he has done during the Dam project. He has been on this project and Dam issues for years. We are in the final stages of this huge project, and we are so fortunate to have this behind us!
I have been able to continue CSLAP (Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program) water sampling, as our data becomes available, it will be posted on the website. No heavy run offs – No blooms?? This will be interesting for future data. The Foundation (TLPF) is working on sampling some of the bigger inlets this year. Our data together will hopefully, come into play for grant funding.
We have not forgotten the Island Project! Next year, we can jump into that early. We’ll be looking for helpers, as plans develop to move forward.
Another issue we will address early is the traffic speed along the lake. TLA had signs made, sent letters to the Troopers, had the 55 mph sign on the west side, moved to the north side of the Dam. My goal is to visit the Troopers and see if we can get something worked out about having them parked at spots along the road at times.
Thanks to the Area Captains! Little different handing things out this year but seem to have gone smooth. Remember, to please pay your dues if you have not yet. These monies are what we need to survive.
As we approach the closing of summer with our traditional Burning of the Lake, please wait for the Dam to be lit first. Approximately 8:15 – 8:30 pm on Sunday night.
Our Best Wishes to You and hope All are Healthy, Happy and Safe.
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Pre-Summer Updates (as of 5/29/20)
Maintaining the health & safety of our membership is our top priority at TLA. We will be making the following changes for this summer:
· Our regular slate of summer activities has been cancelled. We are hopeful that we may be able to host some activities in a safe manner later this summer. We will share details as soon as they become available.
· As of 5/29, the annual July membership meeting scheduled for July 11 is tentative. We are exploring safe alternatives and will have an announcement by the weekend of June 20.
TLA will continue to communicate updates to meetings and activities throughout the summer. Please check your email, visit us on Facebook and go to deruyterlakeassociation.org for complete information.
Work is well underway on the Dam Rehabilitation Project this summer and will likely continue into the fall. There are three main components of the project, two of which are ongoing:
· Embankment Buttress: Placing mass fill on the East and West embankments to improve stability. Replace eroded stone protection on inboard slope of dam embankment. (ongoing)
· Spillway Chute Repairs: Rebuild the entire concrete spillway and repair the spillway crest. The new spillway wall will be higher than the existing walls in order to contain the required flow. (completed)
· Low Level Outlets: Abandon existing pipes and portions of the existing outlet channel, filling in unused materials to prevent future leakage. Construct new shallow pipe system and install new valve control buildings. (ongoing)
Access to the Dam Road will likely remain closed until the project is finished this fall. For project information, visit deruyterlakeassociation.org or canals.ny.gov/DeRuyter_Dam
As part of the Dam Rehabilitation Project, the lake water level was reduced to 10’ below crest in the fall of 2019.
· By late January 2020, the project had progressed to the point where the low water level was no longer needed. At that time, the lake was allowed to begin refilling.
· As of 5/29, the lake level is approximately 3’ below crest. We will continue to update on progress.