Genesee

Genesee jĕnəsē´ [key], river, 158 mi (254 km) long, rising in the Allegheny Mts., N Pa., and flowing through W N.Y. to Lake Ontario at Rochester it is crossed by the New York State Canal System's Erie Canal. The Genesee valley is noted for its fertility and beauty. Along the middle Genesee is Letchworth State Park, with a gorge and several waterfalls. A dam and reservoir at Mt. Morris, N.Y., form part of a flood-control project. Rochester, on the lower Genesee, grew around two waterfalls that are used to produce hydroelectricity.

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