Hinckley Reservoir Report Now Due on April 30

Extra 30 Days Granted by Governor's Office

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 31, 2008) – The Hinckley Reservoir Working Group has been given until April 30 to submit its report to Governor David A. Paterson on water use. The original deadline was March 31.

At the Working Group's seventh meeting on March 18, members agreed that additional time was needed to complete the report. In granting the extra time, Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services Dennis Whalen and Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Infrastructure Timothy Gilchrist noted, "While time is of the essence with the canal season soon upon us, it is important that the final report be as effective as possible in articulating the conclusions and recommendations of the group."

The group was formed on Oct. 19, 2007, to examine issues surrounding the uses of water from the Hinckley Reservoir, in Herkimer and Oneida counties. An interim report was issued on Dec. 17, 2007 (see www.nyhealth.gov/environmental/investigations/hinckley_reservoir/docs/interim_report_2007-12-17.pdf).

The Working Group has compiled historic data on the reservoirs and compared it to 2006 and 2007 data; compiled statutes, contracts, licenses and permits regarding water use from Hinckley; analyzed data on weather factors, stream inputs, reservoir volumes and releases; documented Hinckley's water use and management for its many uses; and developed a proposal to increase routine communication and to enhance communication among affected parties when reservoir levels and inflows suggest water quantity may become an issue.

The Working Group is chaired by the state Department of Health, represented by Nancy K. Kim, Ph.D., Interim Director of its Center for Environmental Health. Other Working Group members represent Oneida and Herkimer counties, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, state Emergency Management Office, state Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation, New York Power Authority, Mohawk Valley Water Authority and the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.