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. Tom says

    Wow, Mr. Melewski’s callous and cavalier attitude about this situation, and the Adirondacks in general, are only exceeded by his arrogance!

  2. Richard Carlson says

    Since the entire watershed of Brown’s Brook is on Barton Property it just shows the poor stewardship of Barton’s on that property. There is nothing normal abut that discharge.

    • Ted says

      The Hudson looked this way too, way upriver before the brook even touches it. It’s almost like we had incredibly heavy torrential rains and dirt washes into the rivers, independent of any mine.

    • George says

      Really, ALL streams and rivers are cloudy now. Do you think the excessive rain that we have been getting this July has anything to do with it? Maybe you should try to find some common sense instead of fault with Barton Mines.

    • Sean says

      It looks like soil sand gravel runoff, I have seen this many times before near gravel, dirt and sand sites due to heavy rains. So is it really that shocking this happening off a mountain that is a garnet mine. The only question is it contaminated and there is only one way to say for sure way to do that.
      I’ve also seen some really discolored runoff in various rivers, creeks, etc in the Adirondacks while hiking and camping after heavy rains.

  3. Boreas says

    Probably a little premature to target Barton as the bad guys here. Rock slides and excessive slope run-off from unusual rain events can often cause discolored streams – sometimes with many tributaries contributing. But more investigation is certainly warranted to determine the source. But I do agree the statement from Barton was quite cavalier considering their responsibility in maintaining clear waters.

  4. Dan Hitchcock says

    Very common after heavy rain events here in the Adirondacks. I have seen Straight Brook , off Gore Mt look the same numerous times. I’m sure work roads are often the source of the erosion. However, have never read of DEC investigating ORDA operations.

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