Norwood Lake Residents Frustrated Over Lowering Water Levels

Norwood Lake Residents Frustrated Over Lowering Water Levels

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Norwood Lake will be lowered – again. It's for dam repairs – again. It makes for an uncertain summer for boaters and others. 

“It's the lack of information when they suggest that the lake's going to be going down six inches for a short period of time and then it just drags on and drags on,” said Christopher Smith, Grateful Oars Rowing board member

'They' is Brookfield Renewable. It owns the dam at the lake's north end. They've drawn down lake levels to fix leaks twice since 2017. Now, they're going to try again.

“You would have thought after two-plus years, they'd have actually determined what the structure is, how the structure is damaged, and how they're going to repair it,” said 

Brookfield says it will lower the water for nine weeks starting in June. But not as much as before. It could still pose hazards for boaters.

“There are areas where there may have been trees uprooted during the drawdown. There may be other debris out there. So you'd have to be quite careful,” said Timothy Levison, Norwood mayor.

The American Legion has already canceled a fishing tournament. But the mayor says recreation programs should be able to continue at the village beach.

“Now another issue has cropped up. Many people living along the lakefront say they're going to grieve their property assessments. They're saying, 'How can our property be assessed as lakefront when that lakefront disappears for several months a year?'”

A hundred feet of prime lakefront can add $55,000 to the assessed value of a home. Tax grievance day is May 28 at the Potsdam Town Hall. 

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