About Gwendolyn Craig

Gwen is an award-winning journalist covering environmental policy for the Explorer since January 2020. She also takes photos and videos for the Explorer's magazine and website. She is a current member of the Legislative Correspondents Association of New York. Gwen has worked at various news outlets since 2015. Prior to moving to upstate New York, she worked for a D.C. Metro-area public relations firm, producing digital content for clients including the World Health Organization, the Low Income Investment Fund and Rights and Resources Initiative. She has a master's degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She has bachelor's degrees in English and journalism, with a concentration in ecology and evolutionary biology, from the University of Connecticut. Gwen is also a part-time figure skating coach. Contact her at (518) 524-2902 or gwen@adirondackexplorer.org. Sign up for Gwen’s newsletter here.

Reader Interactions


  1. Jaime Greenfield says

    Booo. Taking more public land out of the hands of the community it serves. This was the best publicly accessible beach on the lake, and now we’re handing it over to tourists? Great move guys. This obviously was never intended to benefit those of us who live here and use this lake.

  2. Anonymous treehugger says

    The project should be shut down. The lake is jammed with local people and now the usage will go way up. The ecological impact will be significant. Increased regulation and enforcement will not offset the footprint on increased levels of usage. Sounds good on paper but it never adds up in the real world. I am very concerned about the impact on the turtles.

    Save the lake!

  3. JonB says

    Not to mention that they are now planning to build septic tanks that will serve potentially 10,000+ people/year directly on the shore of the reservoir that provides drinking water for around 100,000 people in Utica and beyond. This project simply does not make sense. Locals are not happy; DEC did not take public comments seriously and will go ahead with their plan regardless of negative impacts. Agreed, this should be shut down.

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