UPDATE: Frozen sensor causes water flow issue on Forestport Dam

Water has stopped flowing over the Forestport

Posted: Mar 6, 2021 6:34 PM
Updated: Mar 6, 2021 10:26 PM

UPDATE: The DEC was called to the Forest Port Resevouir Dam for reports of a water flow issue impacting the Black River. The DEC found that a frozen sensor that opens the gate to the black river, allowing water in, was not working properly. The DEC said it impacted the river for about a quarter-mile downstream.

The DEC said a contractor is on scene working to manually fix the gate to restore water flow.

DEC’s investigation is ongoing and additional information will be provided when it is available.

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FORESTPORT, NY – A strange sight in Forestport Saturday, water, not flowing over the Forestport Dam.
Residents there say this has never happened and that the DEC is on-site investigating. The dam is located right as you pass over Route 28. It feeds the Black River and the Forestport Reservoir.
Homes near the dam have not been affected by the lack of water flowing over it, but residents like Derrick O’Meara do have other concerns.
"When water isn't flowing over the dam, oxygenation is not happening in the river and the river water levels are going way down. This is designated trout water, so the trout right now are running out of oxygen in this river without that water flow over the dam. I'm concerned that we're going to have quite a fish kill here because of that dam not flowing."

Water has since started to trickle over the dam.

WKTV has reached out to the DEC. and the Forestport Town Supervisor for more information. Check back later for more updates.

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