Water Levels at Crescent and Vischer Ferry Dams to be Lowered Briefly to Accommodate Flashboard Work Next Week (August)
No Impact on Boating in Navigational Channel Anticipated

Maura Balaban
(914) 390-8171

Shane Mahar (Canal Corp.)

August 7, 2013


ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA), working with the New York State Canal Corporation, plans to repair flashboards at the Crescent and Vischer Ferry Dams located on the Mohawk River beginning Tuesday, August 13.  Work to restore the flashboards became necessary when many were dislodged during high river flows caused by heavy rains earlier this summer.  The dams sustained no damage. The work is not expected to impact boating in the navigational channel.

On Monday night, August 12, water levels between Lock E-7 in Niskayuna, where the Vischer Ferry dam is located, and Lock E-8 in Scotia, will be drawn down about 2 feet from normal summer levels, to a level approximately six inches below the crest of the dam, to accommodate the work, which will take place August 13, 14 and 15.  Water levels at the Vischer Ferry dam will be restored to normal seasonal depth on August 16.

Also on Friday, August 16, the pool at the Crescent Dam in Halfmoon will be drawn down six inches below the top of the dam to complete the work at that location.  Water levels at the Crescent Dam will be restored that evening as river flows permit.

Staff members from NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Hydroelectric Power Plant in Schoharie County will direct the flashboard 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.

The lower water levels, during the period when the work will be taking place, may affect some boats in shallow waters. The adjusted levels should have no impact on boating within the navigation channel.

The Power Authority and Canal Corporation have notified area marinas and recreational boaters of the pending work schedule.  

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