Water find: Good for business at Tryon

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A water tower is seen behind some of the original Tryon buildings at Tryon Industrial Park in Perth Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Patricia Older)

A water tower is seen behind some of the original Tryon buildings at Tryon Industrial Park in Perth Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Patricia Older)
A water tower is seen behind some of the original Tryon buildings at Tryon Industrial Park in Perth Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Patricia Older)
JOHNSTOWN — A preliminary evaluation by Fulton County determined a potential to obtain about 300,000 gallons per day of flow from groundwater at the Tryon Technology Park.

The county is working with the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency on creating infrastructure for the new park. The 500-acre park on County Highway 107 mostly lies in the town of Perth, but some parts are in the town of Johnstown.

The county Board of Supervisors last June hired Hanson Van Vleet of Clifton Park to install test wells to scope out groundwater potential at the park.

“We’re waiting for the final report to come in from our engineers,” county Planning Director James Mraz said Wednesday.

But Mraz said a preliminary evaluation determined there is a potential to obtain approximately 300,000 gallons per day of flow from groundwater at Tryon. He said Hanson Van Fleet is preparing a final report summarizing its findings.

The firm last year completed a hydrogeology evaluation on the feasibility of developing groundwater wells at the Tryon park. Five areas identified for potential groundwater were: near the intersection of County Highways 107 and 158, from County Highway 107 near the southwestern Tryon property line to the center of the site, east to west across the northern portion of the park, east and west sides of Maloney Road with a portion on the west side of the park, and another northern portion part.

Mraz, also the IDA’s executive director, said any information on groundwater potential learned from the upcoming report will be “factored in” with Fulton County’s Smart Waters plan. That plan is looking at potential water sources throughout the county. The discovery of groundwater sources at Tryon gives the county more flexibility in weighing future business prospects at the site, he said.

“We know we have the ability to draw hundreds of thousands of gallons of groundwater and put it in the elevated tank over there,” Mraz said.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on March 13 also took action on more conventional means of securing water. Supervisors transferred ownership of waterlines servicing the Tryon Technology Park to the Gloversville Water Department. That city department will also handle maintenance and repair duties and costs of Tryon waterlines and hydrants.

The county has installed new water infrastructure at the park as part of an improvement project. A 2015 intermunicipal agreement was reached between the county, city of Gloversville and Gloversville Water Board. That agreement indicated the Gloversville Water Department would take ownership of Tryon water infrastructure at the end of a one-year warranty period.

Fulton County previously hired Troy-based River Street Planning and Development to prepare an economic development strategy for the county.

Mraz this week reported to county supervisors he has also worked with River Street to also draft a “development concept” for Tryon’s newest “development area.” He said that area will compromise about 60 acres on the north side of the Tryon site.

Mraz this week also reported on a preliminary engineering evaluation on drawing water from the Great Sacandaga Lake, as part of the Smart Waters initiative. He said Environmental Design Partnership of Clifton Park is scheduling a meeting with the state Department of Health to discuss what the elevation of the intake reservoir needs to be.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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