New York state officials are seeking $50 million in federal funds to build an upstate reservoir they say would help solve the Mohawk Valley’s water concerns.
Canal system officials say the federal stimulus money would be used to build a 6-billion-gallon reservoir near the Hinckley Reservoir, which straddles the Oneida-Herkimer county line on the southwestern edge of the Adirondacks.
The 25-billion-gallon reservoir north of Utica powers electric plants, the canal system and supplies all the water for Mohawk Valley Water Authority users.
The reservoir’s level dropped more than 10 feet during a 2007 dry spell, forcing state officials to draw off water from other sources to feed the canal system.
On Wednesday, the level dipped past the lowest point reached in 2007.