The letter from Major Alden W. Jahnke, deputy district engineer, pointed out that Oneonta has a history of frequent flooding, citing 10 floods within the past 28 years.
The letter points out that “a clearing and snagging project is currently under construction at Oneonta, which will tend to alleviate some of the damages. That work, however is not an alternate to the construction of the Davenport Center reservoir which was authorized, together with the West Oneonta flood control reservoir on Otego Creek. Both are part of the comprehensive plan for the protection of southern New York and eastern Pennsylvania.”
According to the letter, the Davenport Center reservoir would be located on Charlotte Creek. The reservoir would have a capacity of 17.2 billion gallons. The letter states that the West Oneonta reservoir would have a capacity of 11.3 billion gallons.
It also points out that, except at flood level, “both reservoirs would normally be empty except for conservation pools which could be used for recreation purposes.”