Power Authority’s Installation Of Buoys At Hinckley Reservoir Clears The Way For Opening Of Boat-Launch Ramp

Michael Saltzman

May 27, 2011


UTICA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced Friday that reduced water levels at the Hinckley Dam and Reservoir made it possible to complete the installation of directional and warning buoys by the power dam spillway. This clears the way for the opening by NYPA of the nearby recreational boat-launching ramp for the Memorial Day weekend. 

High reservoir levels had previously made it unsafe to undertake the seasonal installation of the buoys in the vicinity of NYPA’s Gregory B. Jarvis Plant, a 9,000-kilowatt hydroelectric facility that straddles Oneida and Herkimer counties. But less than expected overnight rainfall and other factors, permitted a NYPA work crew to install the buoys this morning, though the reservoir levels still remain high.   

The boat-launching ramp, to be opened to the public by Saturday, is located along the north side of the reservoir on Route 365. The Power Authority built it in 1985 as a recreational measure in connection with its construction of the Jarvis plant.    

The launch consists of concrete planks extending 200 feet into the reservoir to permit easy access for boaters.  Parking spaces are available for cars and boat trailers.   

The Jarvis plant, which features two turbine-generators, began operating in 1986 and is named in honor of an astronaut from the Mohawk Valley who was killed that year aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

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 public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 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, www.nypa.gov.


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