N.Y. Power Authority Reopens Hinckley Boat-Launching Ramp To The Public Following Installation Of Navigational Buoys

Michael Saltzman

June 3, 2011


UTICA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced Friday the reopening of its recreational boat-launching ramp at the Hinckley Dam and Reservoir after the installation of directional and warning buoys by the power dam spillway.

Heavy rainfall displaced the buoys last week.  That led to the closing of the boat launch until the floating navigational markers were returned to their assigned positions for guiding boaters away from the spillway, a structure for the release of overflow water.  

High reservoir levels had delayed the spring installation of the buoys, which are normally in place by early May in the vicinity of NYPA’s Gregory B. Jarvis Plant, a 9,000-kilowatt (kw) hydroelectric facility that straddles Oneida and Herkimer counties.   

Although the Hinckley Reservoir levels remain high, the elevation—now at just over 1,224 feet—was low enough for the buoys to be installed today without jeopardizing the safety of NYPA work crews.  This made possible the reopening of the boat-launch, which is located along the north side of the reservoir on Route 365. The Power Authority built the launch in 1985 as a recreational measure in connection with the Jarvis plant’s construction.   

Open daily during the boating season, the launch consists of concrete planks extending 200 feet into the reservoir to permit easy access for boaters.  The launch will remain open so long as reservoir conditions remain safe for boating.       

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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