About Zachary Matson

Zachary Matson has been an environmental reporter for the Explorer since October 2021. He is focused on the many issues impacting water and the people, plants and wildlife that rely on it in the Adirondack Park. Zach worked at daily newspapers in Missouri, Arizona and New York for nearly a decade, most recently working as the education reporter for six years at the Daily Gazette in Schenectady.

Reader Interactions


  1. Johnathan A Esper says

    This is going to be a very fascinating and educational series! Most residents including myself aren’t aware of the prevalence of dams that create and keep many lakes. Lake Placid is one such surprise example of having a dam that keeps the water level several meters higher than without one.

  2. Joel Aluoch says

    It’s good to have an independent review if our existing dams. I will closely follow on the studies. As a civil engineer, I greatly admit that dams pause a challenge to our eco system. Most of our dams lead to ground water recharge but also loss water through evapotranspiration. I will glad to see the study on how it affects the park and the remedial measures.

  3. donald gordon Lyng says

    I watched a dam on the Indian river in Theresa NY be repaired with blue tarps from home Depot stuffed in every crack in the dam then cemented over I have witnesses to the fact Jack

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