Troy Officials Issue Update on Ida Lake Dam

Troy Officials Issue Update on Ida Lake Dam

For Immediate Release
April 16, 2020

Troy Officials Issue Update on Ida Lake Dam

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TROY, NY – City officials with the Department of Public Utilities officials today issued a project update regarding the Ida Lake Dam. In the video message, Mayor Madden and Superintendent of Public Utilities Chris Wheland provide a status update on the project, an overview of the dam’s history, and outline the “Alternatives Analysis for the Ida Lake Dam” report which outlines project costs and details future long-term options for the site for public review and comment.

Mayor Patrick Madden said, “Following the postponement of last month’s scheduled community meeting to discuss the Ida Dam due to health restrictions on large public gatherings, the City is reaching out directly to Troy residents with a detailed update on future options for the site. We’re committed to keeping the community informed on this project, and look forward to when we can gather together for future meetings to discuss this and other important topics in our city.”

The video presentation can be viewed at or

The Ida Lake Dam – a nearly three-decade old timber dam located on the Poesten Kill near the intersection of Pawling Avenue and Congress Street – was deemed structurally unsound following an emergency engineering inspection in 2018. Subsequently, a section of the dam was removed to alleviate structural concerns in compliance with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation dam safety concerns.

The City is accepting public comment on the “Alternatives Analysis for Ida Lake Dam” report until April 30, 2020. To submit a written comment on the analysis report, please visit

For more information on the Ida Lake Dam project, or to download a copy of the “Alternatives Analysis” report visit


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