Sep 27, 2007 — As we've been reporting, the region's recent dry spell has hurt some farmers and forced at least one municipal water provider to use back up pumps. In Oneida County, the executive administrator declared a water emergency yesterday. The County gets much of its drinking water from Hinkley Reservoir. The basin at the southwest corner of the Adirondack Park is at its lowest level since it was created in 1915. Emergency management officials estimate that without rain, Hinkley Reservoir could be completely dry in 10 days. Officials in the Adirondacks lowered fire danger levels to moderate, but, as Jonathan Brown reports, many North Country counties are still worried about wild fires.