The state will spend $1.6 million on dam improvement projects in eight locations around New York, including several here in the North Country.
The improvements, funded by the NY Works program, are designed to help control flooding and make the state more resilient to storms.
The Taylor Pond Dam in the town of Black Brook will see $943,400 in upgrades, including raising the height of the dam to store more stormwater, adding seepage drains and installing riprap. The work, awarded to Murnane Building Contractors of Plattsburgh, is scheduled to begin this month.
Elsewhere, the state will spend $46,173 on the Palmer Pond Dam in the town of Moriah: to remove vegetation from an embankment, repaint a valve and railings, and repair leaks.
Another $8,172 will go to the Lens Lake Dam in the Warren County town of Stony Creek, for erosion repairs and railing repainting.
"As these projects demonstrate, vital work is being done to improve the integrity of dams and enhance flood control to help make New York state and its communities more resilient to storms," state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said in a press release.