Now the Warrensburgh Historical Society is hosting a presentation by Prescott, “Proposed Dams on The Upper Hudson River” on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Richards Library Community Event Room, Warrensburg, NY.
Prescott will describe the various attempts to harness the Upper Hudson River from late 1800’s to the mid-1960’s. An avid canoe paddler and a former history teacher and secondary school principal who found a new retirement avocation in paddling Adirondack waters and exploring their history, he is also a regular contributor to Adirondack Almanack.
He has researched proposed dams on the Hudson, Schroon and Upper Raquette rivers and is currently working on those on the Sacandaga and Moose. Most of these dams would have been constructed to alleviate flooding in the spring and to prevent droughts in the summer and fall, others would have provided hydroelectric power. If these dams had been constructed, the Adirondacks would look far different today.
Map of proposed dams on the Upper Hudson by Richard Rosen.