Date Announced for Water Drawdown at Vischer Ferry Dam

Connie Cullen

October 22, 2007


ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA), working with the New York State Canal Corporation, will oversee a water drawdown on Wednesday, October 24, to make an adjustment to the flashboards for the juvenile fish bypass at Vischer Ferry dam on the Mohawk River. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, October 24

  • Drawdown of the water level at the Vischer Ferry dam will start at 6:30 am and drop to an elevation of 210.9 feet by 10:30 am. The section of flashboards will be adjusted and the water level will start to rise by 11:30 am.  The level at which this work will be performed is approximately one-tenth of one foot below the crest of the dam, or normal pool. 

  • With the current predicted flow of approximately 2,000 cubic feet per second, water level at the Vischer Ferry dam will return to normal level in approximately four to five hours. 

Unforeseen precipitation and high water conditions may delay this schedule or decrease the time to refill.  Any questions regarding this work should be directed to John Osinski in NYPA’s Albany Office at 518-433-6742.

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