Water Levels to be Adjusted at NYPA's Vischer Ferry Project to Accommodate Blueback Herring

Paul DeMichele
(914) 390-8186

August 10, 2012


ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA), in coordination with the New York State Canal Corporation, will be adjusting water levels at its Vischer Ferry project on Wednesday, Aug. 15, to accommodate the early arrival of migratory juvenile blueback herring in the Mohawk River.

The water level in the Mohawk River, adjacent to the Vischer Ferry project, will begin to drop at approximately 4 a.m., lowering to an elevation of roughly 210-feet by 10:30 a.m. The flashboards on the dam, used to regulate water levels at the hydroelectric facility, will be adjusted and the water will begin to rise at approximately 11 a.m. The water level at the dam should return to normal within two days of the adjustment, depending on the flow of the river.

The Vischer Ferry Dam (Lock 7) spans the Mohawk River between Vischer Ferry, Saratoga County, and Niskayuna, Schenectady County.

Unforeseen precipitation and high water conditions may delay the scheduling. Any questions regarding this work should be directed to John Osinski in NYPA’s Albany Office at 518-433-6742.

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