Resolution J183-2013

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Delta Dam



  • Jan 24, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 16, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Delta Dam

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this Legislative Body to recognize and
commend events which  symbolize  the  historical,  social  and  cultural
development  of this great State and embody the spirit of the principles
upon which this Nation was founded; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 100th Anniversary of Delta Dam; and
  WHEREAS, During a day of events held on Sunday, August, 26, 2012,  the
City  of  Rome  and  the Towns of Western and Lee celebrated one hundred
years of lakeside living and the creation of a very important structure,
the Delta Dam, which helped to regulate the waters of the Mohawk  River;
  WHEREAS,  Delta Dam's construction began in 1908 to impound the waters
of the Mohawk River to create a reservoir for the New  York  State  Erie
Canal System; it was completed in 1912; and
  WHEREAS,  At  that  time,  the  Erie Canal had low water levels in the
summer and canal boats would sometimes be stranded waiting for the  rain
to  come;  in  order to improve the water levels the locks were enlarged
and an aqueduct was built; and
  WHEREAS, The new reservoir was named Delta Lake in remembrance of  the
former Village of Delta; and
  WHEREAS,  The dam flooded the community of Delta, which was located on
the west bank of the river; most of the structures of the  village  were
torn down and moved to new locations before the inundation; and
  WHEREAS,  Delta Dam flooded some 3,000 acres; the project required the
removal of 295 buildings, including seventy homes and the relocation  of
two cemeteries; and
  WHEREAS, Three locks were constructed next to the new dam, with a lift
of  63 feet; there was also a 205-foot long cement aqueduct built at the
foot of the new dam to carry the  Black  River  Canal  over  the  Mohawk
River;  another lock was also constructed at the north end just past the
aqueduct; and
  WHEREAS, In 1985, Delta Dam was re-enforced with steel rods to  ensure
its endurance for many more years to come; and
  WHEREAS,  In  recognition  of  Delta  Dam's  rich history and enduring
contribution to the heritage of the State of New York, it is the  intent
of  this  Legislative  Body to join in the celebration of its centennial
anniversary so that present and future generations may come to  appreci-
ate  the  unique  significance  history  plays in the progression of our
State and Nation; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Delta Dam.


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