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. Brian O'Donnell says

    Thanks for the article. Looking forward to the rest of the story!

    Adding a little updated information on the 182-0276, Mountain View Lake Dam, Franklin.

    The dam was completely removed and rebuilt in 2020. Same location.

    The reconstruction cost was born entirely by the water district property owners. No state or county $$$ used, the local township (Bellmont) provided some assistance vis a vis trucks and sponsorship of the bond. Public access is provided at two locations.

    The owners/payers of the dam have no control over the operation of the dam.

    To many camp owners in the district, this seems patently unfair. If the state/county contributed some $$ to the project, which is a public recreational resource, it would be different.

  2. James D Lovegren says

    A few years ago, I was visiting a friend who lives in the Park and, in our wanderings, we came across something very old that appeared to me to be a fish ladder. Is that a thing in the ADKs and, if so, is there any information available on where they are located?

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