Spring Flashboards to be Installed at Crescent and Vischer Ferry Dams, Beginning May 12

Contact Information:
Steve Ramsey, NYPA
(518) 433-6741

Shane Mahar, NYS Canal Corp.
(518) 471-5300

May 8, 2014


ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA), working with the New York State Canal Corporation, will oversee the water drawdown to install flashboards at the Crescent and Vischer Ferry Dams located on the Mohawk River in the towns of Niskayuna and Colonie beginning May 12. Flashboards are plastic and/or wooden planks that are installed in the spring to raise water levels upstream of the dams.

Staff members from NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Plant will direct the work, which will be conducted by a maintenance crew from the Waterford Maintenance Section of the Canal Corporation using a self-propelled, flat bottom boat or scow.

Water levels at the Vischer Ferry Dam in Niskayuna will drop to six inches below the top of the dam during the evening of Monday, May 12, to allow for installation of the flashboards on May 13, 14 & 15.

On Friday, May 16, the pool at the Crescent Dam in Colonie will be drawn down six inches below the top of the dam to complete the installation of flashboards at that location. Following the work, water levels at the Crescent and Vischer Ferry Dams will be restored as river flows permit.

The adjusted water levels may affect some boats in shallow waters. They should have no impact on boating within the navigation channel. Unforeseen precipitation and high water conditions may delay this schedule. The New York State Canal System opened for its 190th consecutive season of navigation on Saturday, May 3.

Any questions regarding this work should be directed to Dave Weiman, New York Power Authority at 518-287-6340.

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