About Gwendolyn Craig

Gwen covers environmental policy in the Adirondacks. Contact her at (518) 524-2902 or [email protected] You can also follow her on Twitter, @gwendolynnn1.

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  1. Skeptical ADK says

    >>> “The APA also received about 70 public letters against the project, but staff never brought it before board members. Guy Middleton, lake manager for the Upper Saranac Foundation, wrote letters against the permit and also showed up on Thursday. Considering Upper Saranac Lake has had issues with algal blooms and increased development, Middleton said the septic system will have a greater impact than APA staff suggested. Staff noted that the project was ‘not material,’ but Middleton argued that with over 70 comments against it and science-based information showing water-quality concerns, the project was ‘absolutely material.’”

    Upper Saranac Foundation continues to receive tax exempt status for their lobbying campaigns on behalf of the attached Upper Saranac Lake Association??? It is, after all, the Upper Saranac Lake Association behind the 70 letters against this single residential lot. Adirondack Explorer should explore why this nonprofit continues to act in a substantial lobbying capacity while receiving tax exempt status. This is not their first targeted lobbying activity and letter writing campaign this year (Upper Saranac Lake Marina). Is this a benefit for the environment or for the Upper Saranac Lake Association members who don’t want their homes impacted by nearby development? Time for some deeper research and transparency by the Adirondack Explorer about this “environmental” nonprofit.

  2. Joan Grabe says

    This “environmental” nonprofit has for years been eradicating Eurasian Milfoil on our lake and recently on surrounding bodies of water and repairing the aging Bartlett Carry dam all with donated funds. Donated by roughly 1/2 the current lake owners and some of us have been advocating a special taxing district to more equitably fund these essential projects to no avail. There will be great environmental damage if that dam goes. One lot is not over development nor is one marina replacing another marina overdevelopment. We just want to keep our lake as clean and safe as possible and if that means writing letters to a tone deaf APA so be it. And why would the APA ignore 70 letters and Guy Middleton ?

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