WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – Hidden in the village of Williamsville lies Glen Falls. A quaint waterfall that runs off of Ellicott Creek. But the popular landmark looks a little different these days.
This summer has been abnormally dry. Most of Western New York has seen a moderate drought. While this has brought only brown lawns to most areas it’s having a greater impact on the village.
Mayor Brian Kulpa told News 4,”Right now if you look down in the falls, you’ll see rock ledges that haven’t had water on them all summer!”
Glen Falls is drying up. Compared to years past the difference can be seen not only in the falls but the surrounding ponds.
He said, “We’re all banking on rain, here soon right? At some point somethings got to give.”
But if the rain doesn’t come and water remains stagnant local fish, ducks, and wildlife will be affected.
Kulpa said, “The ducks have vacated some of our duck ponds because they don’t like all the algae and the stagnation.”
But he has a plan to fix the issue not only for the wildlife but for the well being of the park as well.
He told us, “The village is looking basically at an opportunity in the near future to open the dam gates up so that they can wash out what has stagnated down below.”
Behind the dam there is about 8 feet of water stocked up, which would be good for one good flush. After that, if the rain still doesn’t come the falls and ponds may be under a little more stress.
Fingers crossed for one big rain.