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.

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  1. Michael Damp says

    Zach, this statement is not factual.
    “The annex, which is located a few parcels north of the main marina”

    The facts are the main marina is approximately 1 mile due west of the Annex Marina and 24 owners tax parcels separate the main marina from the Annex marina. This should be corrected in the article to report accurate information.

    SLM is happy the environment won with the granting of the APA Variance permit at the marina locations. Its a Win-Win for the environment and the hard working local community.

    It is the marinas hope that Mr. Jorling and Protect the Adirondacks will join the marina with active management of the invasive milfoil in Ampersand Bay and the rest of the Lower Saranac lake.

    We have had fantastic results over the last 3 years with the marinas abatement plans in the bays. Lower Saranac lake needs the other shore owners and NY state to keep the momentum going.

    If you truly care about the environment, Please join us and invest in Lower Saranac Lakes milfoil removal program. Its a much better return and legacy, than endless lawsuits against a 99 year old commercial marina in a hamlet.

    The future is bright for Lower Saranac !

    Mike Damp

  2. Gregory Wait says

    Respectfully, if you truly cared about the environment, and you truly cared about the water quality, and the serenity unmatched of an Adirondack Lake, you yourself would want to know the effects that increased motorboats will have on the lake.
    Lower Saranac is very beautiful and a very special place in the park and in this country. We have an obligation to leave it for future generations, cleaner and more vibrant and healthier than when it was given to us. Care of the lake is a long game, far past when we will be here.
    The fact the Marina is 99 years old is irrelevant to water quality and long-term health of the community.
    If you have canoed Little Tupper, or up the Oswegatchie river or any no motor places, you would understand that motors on Adirondack water ways have many impacts. More motors, more impact. There is no logical reason not to study the Enviromental effects your proposal is going cause. While your concern for the environment is appreciated, there is a very important missing piece. That is, to actually know what your actions will result in. Thank you, Greg Wait

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