According to Hudson River-Black River Regulating District Director Robert Foltan, valves at the Conklingville Dam are closed and releases from the Great Sacandaga Lake have ceased, temporarily allowing the reservoir to begin its spring fill. Although the mild winter and snow pack in the Adirondacks is notably down this season, it’s impossible to tell in advance the precipitation for the next few months, as one storm could always make an unpredicted change. Foltan does not anticipate any problem with the lake filling to its regular level by the summer. “The offer of settlement agreement really allows favorably for the reservoir to fill, even when intake is down,” he said. Foltan also noted that according to NOAA’s National Weather Service, not only is the next week predicted to to be warmer than average, the prediction for the next three months’ temperatures is above normal as well. RIGHT: A misty morning over the Great Sacandaga Lake, at just about its lowest point this season on Tuesday morning, before the reservoir begins to thaw and fill for spring.