N.Y. Power Authority Lowers Water Levels at Crescent Dam to Accommodate Erie Canal Commercial Shipment on Tuesday, Sept. 10

Maura Balaban
(914) 390-8171

Shane Mahar (Canal Corp.)

September 9, 2013


ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced today the planned lowering of the pool at its Crescent dam at Halfmoon to accommodate a commercial shipment on the Erie Canal on Tuesday, September 10.

On Monday night, September 9, water levels between Lock E-7 in Niskayuna and Lock E-6, where the dam is located, will be drawn down approximately 1.6 feet below the crest of the dam. The water levels at the dam will be restored to normal seasonal depth by Wednesday morning, September 11, or as river flows permit.

The lower water levels, during the brief interim period, may affect some boats in shallow waters. The adjusted levels should have no impact on boating within the navigation channel.

NYPA and the Canal Corporation have notified area marinas and recreational boaters of the pending schedule.  

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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