Thursday, January 9, 2014

Should there be a public hearing?


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.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Some without water in Herkimer after land spills into creek

Courtesy of the Utica OD.
Some people in Herkimer County will have no or limited access to water due to a large portion of land falling into the West Canada Creek, officials with the county said.
A "large area" of land fell into the creek in a non-accessible area in the town of Russia, across the creek from the village of Poland, said Robert Vandawalker, Herkimer County's director for emergency services and 911. That shift of land affected the main reservoir, and between 100 and 150 feet of water main line serving the town of Herkimer was lost, he said.
People served directly off of the Graysville water line will have no water until further notice, Vandawalker said, while others – namely the village of Herkimer, Manion Heights and East Herkimer – will be asked to conserve water.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Fly Master Page gives us some help determining if tailwaters are bad. Looks like they are NOT.

Trout Power Needs Our Help!! Please Answer A Quick Question For Them!! (Answer by commenting on this post.)
Do you fish on any rivers or stream that have changing water flow from a dam or power plant and if YES, what is the name of the river or stream and does it have natural reproduction of fish. (not just stocked fish) If NO, say no natural reproduction.
If you could SHARE this so we get as wide a survey as possible, that would be great!!

Ill start off:
Salmon River NY, flow controlled by Brookfield Powers dam, YES natural reproduction of trout and salmon.

Oak Orchard Creek NY, flow controlled by Brookfield Power dam, YES, natural reproduction of trout and salmon.

Trout Power is currently working on the West Canada Creek here in NY with the goal of boosting natural reproduction of trout and in doing so help develop a better fishery and bring economic opportunities to the towns on the creek.

The information in this survey will really help them with their study.


Trout Power 2014 is June 7th. Sign ups to begin March 1st.

This years Trout Power is June 7th for the fishing tournament and already new events are popping up.  Like an archery tournament, and a Town Wide Garage sale.  I imagine Sweetie Pies is also going to have their 5k run as well.

More to come.  so keep checking in.

Beautiful West Canada Brown.  Caught, Loved, and Released.