Power Authority Provides Funding for Stream Stabilization in Gilboa
January 27, 2005
GILBOA - Steven DeCarlo, the New York Power
Authority’s regional manager for Central New York presented $75,000 to
Gilboa Town Supervisor Anthony Van Glad to help fund stabilization of a
3,600-foot segment of the Schoharie Creek shoreline at Old Stryker Road.
“I want to thank Steve DeCarlo, Bill Slade and the Power Authority
for the help they’ve provided for this project,: said Supervisor Van
Glad. “Getting a stable shoreline for that stretch of Schoharie Creek
could help cut down flooding problems in the future.”
The shoreline along Old Stryker Road was severely
damaged in a flood on Jan. 19, 1996. The Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) provided funds for the town to purchase and remove
buildings within a 53-acre parcel along the road. FEMA designated the
area as a floodplain and it may not be developed for 99 years.
The project was developed by William Slade, director
of environmental programs for the Power Authority in consultation with
town leaders. It was designed to stabilize the 3,600-foot section of the
stream bank and also create a permanent easement along its length.
The Power Authority had sought a suitable
environmental enhancement in the vicinity of the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped
Storage Power Project to meet a requirement imposed by the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers after remediation of a slide area on the power
project’s Brown Mountain.
The placement of a “toe berm” in the lower reservoir
to help stop the slide caused the loss of open water habitat across the
foot print of the stone structure. To compensate for this loss, the
Corps of Engineers required the Power Authority to assist the Town of
Gilboa in an environmental benefits program.