Spring Flashboards & Boat Warning
Systems to be Installed at Crescent & Vischer Ferry Dams
April 12, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA), working
with the Canal Corporation, will oversee the seasonal installation
of buoys and flashboards at Crescent and Vischer Ferry dams, located
on the Mohawk River in the Towns of Niskayuna, Clifton Park and
Colonie starting Sunday, April 22. The New York State Canal System
is scheduled to open on or before May 1st, depending on weather.
Staff members from NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped
Storage Project will direct the work, which will be conducted by a
maintenance crew from the New York State Canal Corporation’s
Waterford Section Office, utilizing a self-propelled flat bottom
boat, or scow.
Water levels at Vischer Ferry will begin to drop
during the evening hours on Sunday, April 22, in anticipation of the
installation of the flashboards, fish deterrent systems and buoys at
Vischer Ferry Dam D, E & F beginning on Monday, April 23.
The maintenance crew will complete Vischer Ferry on
Wednesday, April 25, and then relocate to Crescent Dam. Crescent
pond will then be drawn down to below crest in order to complete
installation of the flashboards and fish deterrent systems there.
Barring any complications or inclement weather, the
flashboard installations will be completed by Thursday, April 26,
and the water levels restored. Unforeseen precipitation and high
water conditions may delay this schedule.
Any questions regarding this work should be
directed to John Osinski, New York Power Authority Albany Office at
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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-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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