The Inadequate Spillways of Lake George AKA Pinhole in the Bathtub

FOIL REQUEST LG Inadequate Spillways – Winter Time Draw Down

Judson Witham   has  the  WHOLE  STORY  with tons of  RECORDS  and  PICTURES

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The US Army and Stetson Engineering  Inspected and Failed the  Dam “A”  Spillways  ( Dam 230 )

     Has  the  Dam’s   Spillways  been  INCREASED in Capacity as a Result  ?    Have any Improvements to the Inadequate  Operating  Capacity been perfomed ?   If So When and Where are those  Plans, Drawings and Reports ?
The ENTIRE  HISTORY of  Dam  “A”  or  # 230  is  replete  with allegations by   STATE AUTHORITIES  (  Attorney Generals, District Attorneys,  Conservation Commission  Etc Etc )    That  High and Low  Water  and Ice Conditions  directly caused  vast   Island, Shoreline, Bulkhead, Boathouse and Dock Damages on Lake George.
     The  ONLY  CONCLUSION that can be drawn from  Up and Down and Up and Down and Up and Down   Water and Ice Levels reveals  The  CONTROL MECHANISM  ( The Spillways  )   are  Seriously TO SMALL ,    54%  To Small.
What  Upgrading and Increasing of the Spillway Release Capacity has been done since the  1960s, 1970s and 1980s ?
Who has those records and files and where are They ?
     It appears beyond the shadow of all doubt   That  many  State Attorney Generals,  County Prosecutors, State Legislators, Several Counties and even more  Towns and Villages have for many years with countless  Material Witnesses  observed the  DESTRUCTION  Caused by the  so Called   PINHOLE IN THE BATH TUB   …..    What records exist that this  PINHOLE has ever been  UPGRADED or  REPAIRED  ?    


The capacity has been likened to draining a bathtub through a pinhole. When water entering the lake exceeds the maximum rate that can be discharged, the lake rises. Each winter the lake is drawn down in anticipation of the spring snow melt. Snow surveys help to estimate the amount of water that is resident in the basin’s …

Has  this  INADEQUATE  Condition ever been  REPAIRED  ??
Thank You
Judson Witham

Waste Gates

YES  LAKE  FLUSHING  ( Winter Draw Down )

How long does water stay in Lake George?

The retention time of a lake is the average length of time that water remains in the lake. Lake size, water source, and watershed size are primary factors in determining retention time.

The retention time for Lake George is six to eight years. This is very long. Great Sacandaga Lake, a large nearby lake, has a retention time of 0.6 years, while many other Adirondack lakes are flushed in days or weeks.

Why does retention time matter for water quality?

The water in some lakes flushes very rapidly. These short-retention-time lakes respond quickly to management practices that decrease nutrient input.

In contrast, in lakes with long water retention like Lake George, nutrients accumulate and are recycled annually with turnover.  In these lakes, the response to management practices that decrease nutrient input is delayed.







      The most common deficiency at dams in North America is inadequate spillway capacity.  Inadequate spillway capacity can result in overtopping of a dam during flood events.  This is especially a concern for embankment dams where overtopping of the dam embankment can cause breaching of the dam and uncontrolled release of the impounded water.  This failure mode accounts for more than 40 percent of recent dam failures.

Lake George … The Damned Dam Truth | The Adirondacks …

On Aug 28, 1980 John B. Stetson published: National Dam Safety Program. Lake George Outlet Dam(Inventory Number NY 230), Lake Champlain River Basin, Essex County, New York.Phase I Inspection Report. … Therefore, the spillway is assessed as inadequate according to the Corps of Engineers screening criteria. Making FREE Electricity to fuel the Mills COOKING The Empire’s …

National Dam Safety Program. Lake George Outlet Dam (Inventory Number NY 230), Lake Champlain River Basin, Essex County, New York. Phase I Inspection Report

The examination of documents and visual inspection of the dam and appurtenant structures did not reveal conditions which constitute an immediate hazard to human life or property. The dam, however, has a number of problem areas which should be investigated further. The structural stability analysis indicates unsatisfactory stability for the dam when subjected to forces which could occur during winter operations (including ice loading), the Probable Maximum Flood (PMF), and 1/2 PMF events. A structural stability investigation of the dam should be started within 6 months to determine the effect of the dam’s steel bar anchor system and the uplift forces acting on the base of the dam. Remedial measures should be completed within 2 years to increase the structural stability of the facility to meet the Corps of Engineers screening criteria. The hydrologic/hydraulic analysis establishes the spillway capacity as 46% of the Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) with the sluice gates open and 30% of the PMF if the gates remain closed throughout the storm. The dam will be overtopped by 2.72 feet by the PMF with the gates closed or 2.55 feet with the gates opened. However, the spillway is capable of passing the 1/2 PMF under either of these two conditions without the dam being overtopped. Therefore, the spillway is assessed as inadequate according to the Corps of Engineers screening criteria.



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