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Spring Flashboards & Boat Warning Systems to be Installed at Crescent & Vischer Ferry Dams

Connie Cullen

April 12, 2007


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 518/433-6742.

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