Future Looks Brighter For Croghan Dam

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Things are happening for the Croghan dam.

Most recently, it received a $375,000 grant under the latest regional economic development awards.

"We're looking at probably a minimum of a one and a half million (dollars) for rehabbing the dam and this gets us started," said Glen Gagnier of the Lewis County Development Corporation. 

Just being able to plan the future is a major accomplishment. 

Last year the state backed off its plan to destroy the dam.

Right now, Lewis County is awaiting the results of a study on the best way to fix it.

The plan is for a dam that generates electricity that can be sold to National Grid or power a new business on site.

"What we're looking at is getting possession of that land so we can use that as a development site," said Gagnier. 

The Croghan Island Mill has been powered by an electric motor for the past year - that's after state officials partially dismantled the dam and the mill lost its water power. 

"It's not as good as the water power. It takes a lot more power and the mill doesn't have the power it should have," said mill owner John Martin.

Officials should soon have bid specifications and a better estimate of what the project will cost.

After that comes the hard part - the fund raising to make it happen.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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