NEWS

Power Authority Will Reopen Reservoirs on Monday, April 25

Contact
Steve Ramsey
1-800-724-0309 or 518-287-6000 ext 6380
Steve.Ramsey@nypa.gov

April 19, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority will reopen the upper and lower reservoirs at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project on Monday, April 25.

Boating will be restricted to those who obtain and display special permits on their boats and boat trailers.

Permits will be good until Sept. 30. Both reservoirs are closed to boating the rest of the year.

Applications for permits may be obtained by calling 1-800-724-0309 or by visiting the Power Authority’s web page, www.nypa.gov.

The upper reservoir, located on Kingsley Road in the Town of Gilboa, is open to boating daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 30. 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 reservoir. On the day they use the reservoir, boaters must stop at the South Gate on Valenti Road to notify security personnel.

The lower reservoir may be accessed through Mine Kill State Park on Route 30. Boating is permitted from 7:30 a.m. until the park closes at dusk.

Boating on the upper reservoir is restricted to rowboats and canoes—with or without electric trolling motors—which are clearly marked with New York State registration numbers and a NYPA permit.

Gasoline-powered engines are permitted only on the lower reservoir.

The reservoirs may be closed to boating at any time due to increased threat level as determined by Power Authority corporate security officials.