NYPA Cautions Boaters Of Receding Water Levels At Crescent And Vischer Ferry Dams Due To Loss Of Flashboards From Tropical Storm Irene

Michael Saltzman
(914) 390-8181

September 2, 2011


ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced Friday that damage to flashboards at the Crescent and Vischer Ferry Dams, from Tropical Storm Irene, has resulted in receding water levels at nearby marinas and private docking locations.  NYPA advises recreational boaters that may depend on higher water levels to move their vessels to other locations.  While there are no public safety concerns, the receding water levels could potentially damage watercraft.

The water levels could drop over the next few days by one foot at Crescent, to 184 feet; and by more than two feet at Vischer Ferry, to 211 feet.    

The horizontal flashboards, which are installed at the top of the dams, facilitate higher water levels for boaters during the navigation season of spring and summer. They are removed during the fall. 

The Crescent and Vischer Ferry dams are located on the Mohawk River, north of Albany, in the Towns of Niskayuna, Clifton Park and Colonie. 

Any questions regarding the flashboards, should be directed to John Osinski in NYPA’s Albany Office at (518) 433-6742.    

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 is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it 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, www.nypa.gov.


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