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TEST Battle wages over Hinckley reservoir

By GARY LIBERATORE

Remsen, N.Y. (WKTV) - A battle is boiling over whether the water level of the Hinckley Reservoir is too low.
    
Officials from the Mohawk Valley Water Authority were keeping a close watch on the reservoir.  They say the water level is several feet below normal for this time of year.
    
At this point, the low level is not affecting the drinking water supply.  But to be on the safe side, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente wants to release less water.  Tuesday he asked the state Canal Corp, which oversees water release from the reservoir, and Erie Boulevard Hydro-Power, which produces power from the water that is released, to reduce the amount of water being let out.  He says if they don't, he may have to issue a water conservation alert.

"This is not the middle of summer, it is not in a drought, it is March, there's snow up in the hills, there's a weather pattern coming in on the weekend that will bring us rain," Picente said.  "I'm asking for a simple deviation for the next 5 to 10 days and they simply refused."

Picente believes the two entities refused because they do not want to slow down energy production.
    
We were unable to reach officials at either Canal Corp or Erie Boulevard Hydro-Power to get their side.
    
The Oneida County Executive says he will turn to Governor David Paterson to intervene in the coming days if necessary.

 

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