Forecast of Rain Postpones Flashboard Work at Vischer Ferry

Michael Saltzman
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Shane Mahar (Canal Corp.)

June 5, 2013


ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced Wednesday that scheduled work to reinstall flashboards at the Vischer Ferry Dam on the Mohawk River is being postponed due to predictions by the National Weather Service of moderate to heavy rainfall over the next few days.

Last week, some of the flashboards that were installed last month at Vischer Ferry for the recreational boating season gave way due to heavy rains. The dam sustained no damage.

Flashboards are planks that facilitate higher water levels conducive to boating. They are installed at the crest of the dam each spring.

NYPA, working with the New York State Canal Corporation, planned to reinstall the flashboards at the Vischer Ferry Dam late this week, but the forecast of more rain, has temporarily postponed that work. NYPA and the Canal Corporation will coordinate efforts to reinstall the flashboards next week.  Further notifications will be made on the schedule of the work. 

The Power Authority and Canal Corporation have notified area marinas and recreational boaters of the postponement.  

About NYPA:

The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■ For more information visit or follow @NYPAenergy on Twitter.

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