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Problems at dam feeding Delaware River had officials thinking the worst

Drinking water supplies and downstream releases from the Cannonsville Reservoir in New York began moving toward normal levels on Sunday after nearly a month of muted concern, according to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. The upstate reservoir provides drinking water to New York City and feeds the Delaware River, which can affect downstream water levels in the Lehigh Valley and elsewhere.

Drilling in early July to prepare for the design and construction of a hydroelectric facility released pressurized ground water dozens of feet below the surface, the city's DEP said in an update on Sunday. The upward flow of water and sediment reached the West Branch of the Delaware River, eventually causing higher, cloudy water in the river.

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