To Develop Water Power in New York State.
An Albany dispatch of January 21 says that the development of the natural waterpower of New York State resources by the State itself is entirely feasible, as is shown by the investigations made during the last two years by the State water supply commission under provisions of the Fuller act of 1907. Surveys also show that the combined power it is possible to derive from the streams of the State is about 2,000,000 horsepower. At the present 18,000 horsepower is being developed from the flow of rivers in this State, it is not known what recommendations will be made to the legislature by the water supply commission, but it ibelieved that the attention of the lawmakers will be called to two plans, either of which will be financially profitable to the State. One involves the building of dams across the rivers and provides for large storage reservoirs by the State, which will reserve the ownership of the streams. Water rights and privileges may then be leased to private corporations engaged in power development, the revenue to be turned into the State treasury. Another plan favored by the State officials involves the building of dams, powerhouses, and all other equipment, so that the State itself may sell the developed power direct to those who desire it. Plans and estimates in the development of these properties have been made by engineers who have examined the resources of the Sacandaga. Genesee, Racquette, Schroon and Delaware rivers.