NYPA Plans Restoration Work Along Schoharie Creek

Steve Ramsey
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Maura Balaban
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July 23, 2012


NORTH BLENHEIM— Work will begin this fall to repair shoreline erosion along the Schoharie Creek, just north of the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project (B-G).

Located off Power Plant road near the B-G project’s North Gate, the public fishing area will be closed for safety reasons, while workers rebuild the shoreline, which was eroded last summer during Tropical Storm Irene.

Earthmoving equipment will be used to facilitate the reconstruction work, which will involve digging out soil from the stream bed and sculpting embankments using existing earth as well as additional materials— rocks and gravel—that will be trucked in. The work is not expected to affect normal water flows along the Schoharie Creek.

The shoreline that will be affected is located on Power Authority property, just outside the power project’s gates.  Although shoreline fishing facilities will be off-limits in this area during the remediation efforts, access to shoreline fishing will continue to be available for anglers along the shores of the power plant’s upper and lower reservoirs, pursuant to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation fishing regulations.

The Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project is located on Route 30, about 17 miles south of Middleburgh and seven miles north of Grand Gorge.

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