DEC starts restoration by Pontiac Bay, Brandy Brook Monday

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday that its contractors will begin the final stage of restoration and rehabilitation work in and along Pontiac Bay and Brandy Brook on Monday.

The project, which removed contaminated soils and sediment from the waters last year, is estimated to be completed by mid-June. Much of the work includes placing topsoil, planting plants and hydroseeding on the River Street parcel where the Winter Carnival Ice Palace is built every year, along the banks of Pontiac Bay and along Brandy Brook. Wetland plantings will be done in and along Brandy Brook and Pontiac Bay.

Contractors will also pave connections to driveways along Brandy Brook and part of the Lake Flower boat launch parking lot, paint parking lines and other markings on the boat launch parking lot, install a wooden fence on the boundary between the boat launch and Ice Palace parcel, and repair a culvert under the railroad tracks.

Overflow boat launch parking on the Ice Palace parcel will be closed for a period of time while work is undertaken. In addition, the boat launch will be closed for a short period of time for line painting, tentatively scheduled for the morning of June 6.