Power Authority Reservoirs Reopened for
April 10, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
reopened the upper and lower reservoirs at its Blenheim-Gilboa
Pumped Storage Power Project on Thursday, April 9, to recreational
Boats and boat trailers accessing both reservoirs
must be clearly marked with registration numbers and a NYPA permit.
Applications for permits may be obtained by calling 1-800-724-0309
or by visiting the Power Authority’s web page:
www.nypa.gov/vc/blengil.htm. Permits will be valid through Sept.
30, when the reservoirs will be closed to boating until the
The upper reservoir, located on Kingsley Road in
the Town of Gilboa, will be open to boating daily from 7 a.m. to 5
p.m. Permit holders are required to call 1-800-FOR-NYPA
(1-800-367-6972), extension 6364 on the day before they intend to
use the upper reservoir. On the day they use the reservoir, boaters
must stop at the South Gate on Valenti Road to notify security
Advance notice is not required to use the lower
reservoir. The lower reservoir may be accessed through Mine Kill
State Park on Route 30. Boating will be permitted from 7:30 a.m.
until the park closes each day. The park will be open until 4 p.m.
until the first weekend in May; afterward, it will remain open until
Boating on the upper reservoir is restricted to
recreational craft—rowboats and canoes—with or without electric
trolling motors. Gasoline-powered engines are permitted on the lower
reservoir. The reservoirs may be closed to boating at any time at
the Power Authority’s discretion.
■ NYPA 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 the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines. For more
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