Spring Flashboards to be Installed at Crescent and Vischer Ferry Dams, Beginning April 23

Steve Ramsey
(800) 724-0309

William Sweitzer (Canal Corp)

April 19, 2013


ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA), working with the New York State Canal Corporation, will install flashboards at the Crescent and Vischer Ferry Dams located on the Mohawk River in Niskayuna, Clifton Park, and Colonie beginning April 23.

Staff members from NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Plant will direct the work, which will be conducted by a maintenance crew from the Waterford Maintenance Section of the Canal Corporation using a self-propelled, flat bottom boat or scow.

Water levels at the Vischer Ferry Dam in Niskayuna will drop to six inches below the top of the dam during the evening of Tuesday, April 23. Following the installations, on April 24, 25 and 26, the water level will rise to 211 feet during the evening of Friday, April 26.

On Saturday, April 27, the pool at the Crescent Dam in Halfmoon will be drawn down six inches below the top of the dam to complete the installation of flashboards at that location.  Water levels at the Crescent Dam will be restored that evening as river flows permit.

Unforeseen precipitation and high water conditions may delay this schedule.  The Canal Season will open for the 189th consecutive navigation season on May 1. The adjusted water levels may affect some boats in shallow waters. They should have no impact on boating within the navigation channel.

Flashboards are plastic and/or wooden planks that facilitate higher water levels at the dams in order to meet the Canal Corporation’s summer navigation levels.

Any questions regarding this work should be directed to Dave Weiman, New York Power Authority at 518-287-6340.

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,

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