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New Dates for Installation Of Spring Flashboards and Boat Warning Systems At Crescent and Vischer Ferry Dams

Connie Cullen

 May 2, 2007


ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA), working with the Canal Corporation, will oversee the seasonal installation of flashboards at Crescent and Vischer Ferry dams, located on the Mohawk River in the Towns of Niskayuna, Clifton Park and Colonie will now start Sunday, May 6, 2007.  This annual installation was previously delayed by high water.  The installation schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday, May 6         Water level at Vischer Ferry starts approaching crest in the PM.

  • Monday, May 7         Water level at Vischer Ferry 0.5’ below crest by AM. Installation of flashboards starts at Vischer Ferry Dam D.

  • Tuesday, May 8         Water level at Vischer Ferry remains at 0.5’ below crest in AM & PM.  Installation of flashboards continues at Vischer Ferry Dam E.       

  • Wednesday, May 9  Water level at Vischer Ferry remains at 0.5’ below crest in AM & PM.  Installation of flashboards on Dam F and fish deterrent systems completed at Vischer Ferry.  Relocate to Crescent.  Water level rises to 211.0’ in PM.              

  • Thursday, May 10     Water level at Vischer Ferry pond rises from elevation 211.0’ in AM to 213.3’. Crescent pond drops to 0.5’ below crest in AM & PM. Installation of flashboards and fish deterrent systems completed at Crescent in the PM.   Crescent pond rises to 185.0’ in the PM as river flow permits.

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.

Barring any complications or inclement weather, the flashboard installation will be completed Thursday, May 10, 2007.   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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