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Butler wants public hearing on proposal to increase water withdrawal from Hinckley

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - State Assemblyman Marc Butler has called on the State Department of Environmental Conservation to conduct a public hearing on a proposal by the Mohawk Valley Water Authority to increase the amount of water it withdraws from Hinckley Reservoir.

The MVWA has applied for a modification of its water-supply permit. The MVWA currently withdraws about 21.4 million gallons per day from the reservoir and has asked the DEC to increase the amount to 32 million gallons per day, which is the capacity of its water treatment facility.

The application indicates the MVWA is prospectively filing on behalf of four townships: Schuyler, Frankfort, Kirkland and Westmoreland. Plans are for MVWA to ecentually increase its treatment capacity and increase its take from Hinckley Reservoir to 48.5 million gallons a day.

The deadline to comment on the project is a little more than a week away. The DEC is still considering whether to call a for a formal public hearing on the proposal.

Butler said calls for a public hearing and testimony should be submitted to William Lints, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, State Office Building, 207 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13501.

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