Council seeks to set markers around lake

The Great Sacandaga Lake, looking south from Conklinville Dam, on June 16, 2018. (The Leader-Herald/Patricia Older)

JOHNSTOWN — A move is afoot to place several historical markers around the Great Sacandaga Lake, according to Fulton County Planning Director Scott Henze.

Henze, a member of the Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council (GSLAC), recently reported on the effort and other GSLAC projects to the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee.

He said three historical markers were initially earmarked for the Great Sacandaga Lake.

“They’re finalizing the final locations right now,” he stated.

Henze recounted how Saratoga County Historian Lauren Roberts last November at a GSLAC meeting provided a grant proposal to produce and install 15 historical markers around the lake. He said the historical marker project was proposed based upon the “huge success” of the documentary film, “Harnessing Nature — Building of the Great Sacandaga.”

The GSLAC board approved the request for a total of $25,000.

Henze said that during the group’s June meeting, it was presented with proposed locations and sign descriptions. He said there was also a discussion on creating a historical marker trail, developing brochures, and adding “quick response” codes to each marker.

In other GSLAC activities reported by Henze to the committee:

∫ There have been 46 public presentations to date of the “Harnessing Nature” film to over 4,600 people. Pepe Productions is modifying the 120-minute film to 56 minutes to be aired on PBS and WCNY in Syracuse.

∫ The GSLAC board is gathering costs to purchase youth waders for area students in 2020, as part on educational program through Trout Unlimited. The program involves purchase of tanks, filters, chillers, food and other equipment for students to learn about the trout lifecycle.

∫ The GSLAC is currently exploring how a new homeowners guide/brochure will be distributed. The brochure includes items on stormwater runoff and septic maintenance.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.