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Monday, October 19, 2015
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Vision cloudy Bills flop against Bengals amid injuries, ROCSports BREAKING NEWS 24/7AT DEMOCRATANDCHRONICLE.COM MONDAY,OCTOBER19,2015 Copyright 2015 G annett Rochester N ewspapers iii AB C $1NEWSSTAND For home delivery pricing see Page 2A. 55°/47° PARTLY SUNNY; WARMER INDEX BUSINESS ................9A CLASSIFIED . ............6C COMICS ............2C, 3C CROSSWORDS 2C, 4C D EATHS .................11A LOCAL NEWS.........3A LOTTERIES...............2A OPINION . ..............13A SPORTS.....................1D STATE NEWS . ..........7A T ELEVISION ............2C Expanded Weather, 10D Four sections KERRY PLANS MIDEAST TRIP AS VIOLENCE ESCALATES PAGE 1B To their dismay, Sandy and John Bald- w in looked out their back window one morning and saw their duck pond was losing water. T he stream that feeds it had run dry. This was a little more than a year ago. For much of this summer and fall, the h alf-acre pond was largely drained, fetid with rotting vegetation. The stream that nurtured their pond, an unnamed tribu- t ary of Fourmile Creek in Webster, was bone-dry. “ We’ve lived here 13 1/2 years,” said Sandy Baldwin. “It was a beautiful pond. Friends came over and fished in it. We h ad a paddleboat. “Six hundred and fifty thousand gallons of water a day went through there. T hat’s enough to fill three swimming p ools. Where’d all that water go?” The answer is complex, and possibly ironic. The Baldwins and their allies be- l ieve construction of the $150 million M onroe County Water Authority treatment plant just up the road disrupted vital wetlands that fed the creek. A hydrol- o gy professor backs up this argument. But the authority disputes it. Federal and New York state regulators back t hem up. They say the stream’s drying- up could be a natural occurrence. Or maybe something else is at work. “ It is a mystery. I’ll say that,” said Ronald Nesbitt, town supervisor in Webs ter, whose richly landscaped arboretum is bisected by the stream. It feeds a pond there and a small decorative waterfall t hat was, for a good part of this summer, dry as a bone. JAMIE GERMANO/@JGERMANO1/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Asmall creek bed in the Webster Arboretum in eastern Webster is practically dry. Residents attribute the lack of water to the Monroe County Water Authority's water treatment plant on Basket Road. Webster residents and water authority officials haggle over mystery of missing water as creek dries up STEVE ORR @SORR1 SeeWATER,Page12A WHERE’D THE WATER GO? "Six hundred and fifty thousand gallons of water a day went through there." SANDY BALDWIN RESIDENT Sandy and John Baldwin of Webster. ALBANY— The state Liquor Authority has approved a series of reforms to the beverage industry after the 2015 W ine, Beer, Spirits and Cider Summit, w hich was hosted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Oct. 7. New York has had extraordinary growthin its beer, wine and liquor sectors: The craft beer industry grew 59 p ercent between 2013 and 2014. New York has more than 500 wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries — ranking second in the nation for the most distilleries and third for wine production. T he growth has been coupled with loosened regulations on the industry in recent years. “This industry is a New York suc- c ess story, creating jobs and economic activity, as well as some of the best beer, wine, spirits and cider in the w orld,” Cuomo said in a statement. “By enacting these reforms, we are furthering this administration’s successful efforts to cut red tape, ease regulations, and make common-sense reforms to help these businesses further grow and thrive in every corner of New Y ork.” H ere are the top five reforms that N.Y. is haven f or brewers Reforms spur alcohol industry FILE PHOTO New York has had extraordinary growthin its beer, wine and liquor sectors. NICK MUSCAVAGE @NMUSCAVAGE SeeBREWERS,Page11A

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