How did the Regulating District evolve?

1895: The concept of flood protection in New York State through dams and reservoirs is first suggested.

1913: The New York State Legislature passes the Burd Amendment allowing the use of 3% of the New York State Forest Preserve for the purpose of creating reservoirs to regulate stream flow.

Construction of the Conklingville Dam

Construction of the Conklingville Dam to Regulate Flows on the Sacandaga and Hudson Rivers.

1915: The New York State Legislature passes the Machold Storage Law, enabling the creation of a river regulating district.

1919: The Black River Regulating District is formed.

1922: The Hudson River Regulating District is formed.

1924: The Stillwater Reservoir on the Beaver River in the Black River Area is enlarged by raising an existing dam to increase capacity and control.

1930: The Conklingville Dam on the Sacandaga River in the Hudson River Area is constructed creating the Sacandaga Reservoir.

1959: The New York State Legislature combines the Hudson River and the Black River Regulating Districts to form the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District.

2002: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issues a FERC license to the Regulating District for the Great Sacandaga Lake, which incorporates the Upper Hudson/Sacandaga River Offer of Settlement.

2005: On September 26, 2005 the Regulating District celebrated the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Conklingville Dam and the creation of the Great Sacandaga Lake.