NYPA Press Release

Water Levels at Crescent and Vischer Ferry Dams to be Lowered Briefly to Accommodate Flashboard Work this Week

No impact on boating in navigational channel anticipated

For Immediate Release:   7/17/2017
Contact: Maura Balaban | maura.balaban@nypa.gov | (o) (914) 390-8171 | (c) (914) 646-6016

NOTE TO EDITORS: This news release updates one issued last Friday, July 14, regarding work at the Crescent and Vischer Ferry dams. The work has been postponed one day. Please see revised schedule below
ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA), working with the New York State Canal Corporation, plans to replace damaged flashboards at the Crescent and Vischer Ferry Dams located on the Mohawk River beginning Wednesday, July 19.  Work to restore the flashboards became necessary when several of them were damaged by debris on the river 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 Tuesday night, July 18, 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 3 feet from normal summer levels, to a level approximately six inches below the crest of the dam, to accommodate the work.  
The work to replace damaged flashboards at Vischer Ferry will take place Wednesday, July 19. Water levels at the Vischer Ferry dam will be restored to normal seasonal depth on July 20.
On Thursday, July 20, the pool of 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 Pumped Storage Power Project 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.
During the period when the work will be taking place, the lower water levels 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.  
Any questions regarding this work should be directed to Mario Roefaro, New York Power Authority, at 315-792-8335.


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