SPRING FLASHBOARDS AND BUOYS TO BE INSTALLED AT CRESCENT AND VISCHER FERRY DAMS
(Please see May 16 update)
April 18, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA), working with the New York State Canal Corporation, will oversee 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 Tuesday, April 26.
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, using a self-propelled flat bottom boat, or scow.
Water levels at Vischer Ferry will begin to drop during the evening hours on Tuesday, April 26, in anticipation of the installation of the flashboards, fish deterrent systems, and buoys at Vischer Ferry Dam D, E, and F beginning on Wednesday, April 27.
The maintenance crew will complete Vischer Ferry on Friday, April 29, and then relocate to Crescent Dam. Crescent pond will then be drawn down to below crest on Saturday, April 30 in order to complete installations of its flashboards and fish deterrent systems.
Barring any complications or inclement weather, the flashboard installations will be completed by the evening hours of Saturday, April 30, and the water levels restored. Unforeseen precipitation and high water conditions my delay this schedule. The Canal is scheduled to open Sunday, May 1.
Flashboards are plastic and/or wooden planks that facilitate higher water levels in order to meet the Canal Corporation’s summer navigation levels.
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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