The Adirondack Council issued a letter Thursday afternoon, urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to direct Park residents and local governments to “stop bulldozing rivers.”
The photo shown here, taken by an Adirondack Council staff-member, shows Roaring Brook, which the group says has been converted into “a draining ditch.”
“A lot of environmental damage is taking place in the name of public safety,” said the Council’s Brian Houseal, in a statement.
Along with the release, the Council issued a series of photographs, which it said showed unnecessary damage to Adirondack waterways.
Local government leaders in the Park, and state Senator Betty Little, have urged the state to quickly survey the rivers and approve more dredging, to prevent flooding this winter as ice jams develop.
Governor Cuomo suspended most environmental rules and regulations in the Park, including scenic river and wetland protections administered by the Adirondack Park Agency, so that emergency work could proceed without delay.
During a visit to St. Huberts last week, he said he was proud of the decision and believed it had accelerated the recovery.