THE PROPOSED GENESEE DAM.
GOVERNOR BLACK has signed the bill introduced by Senator Parsons into the New Yerk State legislature granting to a corporation of Rochester, N. Y., the practical control of the Genesee river. The bill incorporates William A. Boland,Cassius M. Wicker, Theodore W. Myers, George W. Rafter, and George F. Keller, of Rochester, as the Genesee River Company, with a capital stock of $3,000,000 and permission to increase it to $12,000,000. The corporation is authorized to maintain, construct, and operate a dam or reservoir upon the Genesee river, near Portageville, with subsidiary reservoirs and power dams on the same river and any of its tributaries within one mile of the mouth of each below the site of the main dam or reservoir, and to use the water of the Genesee river and its tributaries for the generation of hydraulic and electrical power and for compressed air, together with the right to construct, maintain, and operate machinery,transmission lines, and other apparatus for the purpose of generating and transmitting power by water, electricity, or compressed air for power or other purposes, and to sell lease, and dispose of the hydraulic and electrical power and compressed air so generated. It is provided in the bill that the company may acquire by condemnation proceedings such land, water, water rights, and easements as it may need. Actual work must be begun in five years, and the company must furnish the State free of charge each season 2,500,000,000 cubic feet of water for the Erie canal. During its passage through the legislature the bill was vigorously opposed. It was contended that it would wipe out the homes of 15,000, people in the Genesee valley without adequate compensation; that it would deprive the State ot the ownership of its second largest river without a dollar of remuneration therefor, and that it would make the canals the objects of the charity of a private corporation. It was also urged, that, although the dam was an undoubted improvement, it should, nevertheless, be built by the State, which ought never to have turned over to a private corporation free water power which could, and would bring in to the people a revenue of $500,000. On the other hand.it was contended in defence of the bill that the’ proposed dam was favored by the people whose property would be flooded; that it fully protected the rights of the riparian owners to whom the stream belongs; and that it provided for supplying to the State, free of charge, all the water it needed for the canal. The constitutionality of the bill may be attacked in the courts, on account of the farreaching powers it confers on the corporation, the wide invasion of private rights involved by its clauses, and the immensely valuable franchises which it gives away to the Genesee River Company.
The water board of Baltimore, Md., will receive bids until May 9 for stop-valves required by the board for the remainder of the current year. Wm. L. Kenly is chief engineer of the water board.