About Ry Rivard

Ry covers water for the Explorer. Before coming to New York, he reported on water and energy for Voice of San Diego.
He can be reached at ry@adirondackexplorer.org.

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  1. Ellen Apperson Brown says

    This is exciting news! Back in the 1920’s, when an effort was launched to create a Lake George Park, which meant bringing Tongue Mountain, the islands of the Narrows, Paradise Bay, and the east side of the lake from Shelving Rock to Black Mountain under state ownership, heated battles took place at meetings of the Lake George Association, pitting those who wanted to block highways and development against those who wanted to support the wealthy in their exclusive use and ownership. The debates continued through the next several decades, as illustrated in the protracted legal battle known as the Lake George Water Trespass case. The preservationists decided to launch their own organization, the Lake George Protective Association, led by John Apperson, Irving Langmuir, Alvin Whitney, Katherine Starbuck, Art Newkirk, Phil Ham, Hilda Loines, Bill White, and Ellsworth and Dorothy Langdon, and many more. Looking back, it seems that it was a good idea to keep confronting the leadership of the leading organizations, and if that didn’t work, start over with a new group! Apperson had a well-earned reputation for being a watchdog and whistleblower, and kept up a relentless pressure on all of the major organizations, including the Adirondack Mountain Club and the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks. It is impressive to see how many organizations (55!) sponsored a pamphlet leading up to the Constitutional Convention of 1938, in support for keeping “forever wild” intact in the NY Constitution.

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