New York State Water Legislation.
Three bills have been introduced by Assemblyman Fowler, in the New York legislature, carrying out the recommendations of the state water commission and embodying powers dependent upon the passage of the Merritt constitutional amendment. The first provides for the construction of dams and reservoirs for water storage within the forest preserves and is divided into two stages of development. The first stage is in the Schroon, Saranac, Black river, Oswegatchie, Raquette, North Salmon and Ausable watersheds, and the second in the Hudson, Sacaudaga, Schroon, Saranac, Black river and Raquette watersheds. The bill also contains numerous details regarding the amount of land to be flooded and the preparation of storage water and provides for the transmission of water and power from these sources. The second bill increases the jurisdiction of the state water supply over the improvement of water courses. Upon request, the state board may take charge of such improvement in the vicinity of a village, town or municipality to be benefited and arrange for the expense of the undertaking. The third bill provides for the conservation, development and regulation of the water supply under direction of the state water supply commission and the governor. It also creates a state water fund and provides for the retirement of state bonds. The law, involving a bond issue, will not become effective until it has been approved by a majority of those voting upon it at a general election.