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N.Y. Power Authority To Perform Required Fish Passage Work

Michael Saltzman

September 4, 2009


ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is required by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to perform annual work related to fish diversion/bypass systems at the Vischer Ferry dam.

On that basis, NYPA will be closing the adult fish passage and opening the juvenile fish passage at its Vischer Ferry Plant during the week following Labor Day.  The work will begin at the small-hydro plant at 4 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, with the lowering of Vischer Ferry pond. The water level will drop to 210.9 feet by 10:30 a.m.  The juvenile passage will be opened at Vischer Ferry Dam F, with the water level starting to rise by 11 a.m.  

The water level at Vischer Ferry will return to normal elevation in approximately 24 to 48 hours, depending on the water flow of the Mohawk River.    

Barring any complications or inclement weather, the fish passage work will be completed by the afternoon of Sept. 10.  

The work will be undertaken by staff members from NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.   

Marinas in the Vischer Ferry area have been directly notified of the planned work for next week.  

In the event of any questions regarding the work, please contact John Osinski, executive director of Regulatory Affairs, NYPA, at (518)-433-6742.


About NYPA:

■    The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of 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 New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.  ■    About 75 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.  ■    For more information,

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