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October 15, 2018

Granby, Fulton Work Together to Complete Dredging


FULTON, NY – The Fulton Common Council recently authorized the Granby Lake Reclamation Committee to dredge Lake Neatahwanta within city limits.

The collaboration needed council approval solely because an outside group will be utilizing their equipment for work within city limits, in which case council permission is required.

With the help of Granby Lake Reclamation Committee, city officials are optimistic about the re-opening of Stevenson Beach occurring sooner rather than later.

Working together with Granby Lake Reclamation Committee, city officials are hopeful that the re-opening of Stevenson Beach will occur sooner rather than later.

Working together with Granby Lake Reclamation Committee, city officials are hopeful that the re-opening of Stevenson Beach will occur sooner rather than later.

“In the beach area, we were able to do mostly all of the deeper area with the bigger dredge that we use. With the small dredge that Granby has, it can reach practically right up to the shore,” said Mayor of Fulton, Ronald Woodward Sr.

The city will be responsible to provide the supplies for the dredge including the bags and polymer and will even provide dredge operators, including one volunteer by second ward councilor, David Ritchie who has experience operating numerous types of machinery with 35 years of work for the city.

Dredging is tentatively scheduled to begin on May 1, however the overall layout for when Stevenson Beach can be re-opened remains unclear.

With the use of the dredge from Granby Lake Reclamation Committee, the section of lake that will be utilized for beach area will be completed but even after completion of dredging, state and local health departments will have to test the water clarity and officially pronounce it safe for swimming.

City officials remain optimistic that the beach area could potentially re-open as early as this summer after being closed since 1988.

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4 Responses “Granby, Fulton Work Together to Complete Dredging”

  1. Mike
    April 26, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Get rid of the geese too! Nobody is going to bring their kids to a beach or park covered in goose droppings.

  2. Louella LeClair
    April 27, 2016 at 9:22 am

    This is really GREAT news…The park has been spruced up and there is a lot of work being done by Friends of the Park. It will be wonderful to see families picnicing and swimming there again. Kudos to everyone involved

  3. April 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Collaboration with our neighbors, such as this venture, is the key to a brighter future for the greater community. I applaud the work of both Fulton’s and Granby’s Lake Reclamation Committees.

    The geese issue is a legitimate concern, but you will notice a radical decrease in the geese population near the parts of the lake that start getting heavily utilized by humans once more. There is no one to bother them currently, so they feel safe in the habitat. For the remainder that do not vacate, there are humane and cost effective ways to remove any nuisance sized flocks that do happen to remain.

  4. Bob
    April 27, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    why not interlock the concrete barriers along the shore line and sediment can be hauled away as it dries up. That way there is no need for the tubes.

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