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Spring Flashboards & Boat Warning Systems to be Installed at Crescent and Vischer Ferry Dams

Contact:
Carol Rodino
Albany - 518-433-6736
carol.rodino@nypa.gov

April 27, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBANY Ė The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will oversee the seasonal installation of buoys and flashboards at Crescent and Vischer Ferry dams, located on the Mohawk River in the Towns of Niskayuna, Clifton Park and Colonie starting Sunday, April 30.   The Barge Canal opens Friday, April 28.

Staff members from NYPAís Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Project will direct the work, which will be conducted by a maintenance crew from the New York State Canal Corporationís Waterford Section Office.

Water levels at Vischer Ferry will begin to drop during the evening hours on Sunday, April 30, in anticipation of the installation of the flashboards and buoys at Vischer Ferry Dam D, E & F beginning Monday, May 1.

After completing the work at Vischer Ferry, the maintenance crew will relocate to Crescent Dam on Wednesday, May 3, dropping the pond level below crest in order to complete installation of the flashboards and fish deterrent systems there.

Barring any complications or inclement weather the installations will be completed by Thursday, May 4.

Any questions regarding this work should be directed to Carol Rodino, New York Power Authority Albany Office at 518/433-6736.

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