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

Connie M. Cullen, NYPA
 Erin Agans, NYS Canal Corp

April 18, 2008


ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA), working with the New York State Canal Corporation, will oversee the seasonal installation of flashboards and buoys at Crescent and Vischer Ferry dams, located on the Mohawk River in the Towns of Niskayuna, Clifton Park and Colonie starting Sunday, April 27.   The New York State Canal System is scheduled to open May 1 weather permitting. 

Staff members from NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power 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 27, in anticipation of the installation of the flashboards and buoys at Vischer Ferry Dams D, E & F beginning on Monday, April 28.

The maintenance crew will complete the Vischer Ferry installations on Wednesday, April 30, and the water levels will begin to rise through the morning of Thursday, May 1.  Also during the morning of Thursday, May 1, water levels will begin to drop at Crescent pond where the maintenance crew will have moved to install flashboards and buoys.  Crescent pond will begin to rise in the afternoon on May 1 as river flow permits.

Barring any complications or inclement weather, the installations will be completed by Thursday, May 1, and the water levels restored.  Unforeseen precipitation and high water conditions may delay this schedule.

Any questions regarding this work please contact John Osinski, NYPA, at 518-433-6742.


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