If you don't identify the cause, how can you solve the problem?
As summarized in the DOH press release, the report makes 10 recommendations (numbers mine):
The list is an excuse for more bureaucracy and spending.
- Improve routine communications among agencies involved with the day-to-day operation of the Hinckley Reservoir and enhance communications when elevations and inflows are low.
- Improve the aging drinking water intakes and raw water mains.
- Consider the use of other available canal sources to help provide water to the eastern portion of the canal system for navigation when water levels are below normal and declining.
- Close data gaps to help better assess reservoir conditions and improve forecasting.
- Install a standby pump system to pull drinking water directly from the reservoir to help during low water periods.
- Consider assessing and upgrading the canal infrastructure.
- Consider the feasibility of creating additional storage reservoirs upstream of Hinckley Reservoir.
- Request that the State Drought Management Task Force establish a new drought region that encompasses Oneida, Herkimer and parts of Hamilton Counties.
- Form a planning and advisory group to study economic, recreational and development issues associated with the water resources and provide information that can be used for local planning.
- Preserve and archive the extensive information gathered by the Working Group for use in future planning.
The big question not answered is would the crisis have occurred had everyone been following long standing rules such as the 1920 Rule Curve and the 1917 Agreement? The solution to preventing the problem from reoccurring could be as simple as:
DO WHAT YOU ALREADY PROMISED TO DO.
But the public is not told that . . . because government agencies simply want to be free to do what they WANT to do.
This "Final Report" is a recipe for . . . more of the same.