Power Authority Announces New Streamlined Procedure for Recreational Boating

Mario Roefaro
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May 19, 2014


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced new boating regulations for 2014. NYPA will no longer be implementing the application and permit procedure previously used for recreational boaters to gain entry to the upper and lower reservoirs at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.

For access to the upper reservoir, boaters are now required to check in at NYPA’s south gate on Valenti Road on the day they plan to use the reservoir, which will be open to boaters from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Daily inspections of the reservoir will be performed by NYPA Security.

The lower reservoir may be accessed through Mine Kill State Park on Route 30. Boaters are required to stop at Mine Kill State Park’s toll booth or park office on the day they intend to use the lower reservoir. Boating will be permitted from 7:30 a.m. until one hour prior to dusk, at which point the park closes.

The reservoirs may be closed to boating at any time at the Power Authority’s discretion. All vehicles and persons entering or leaving the premises are subject to search and inspection.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ 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 the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA 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 visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.