Spring Flashboards and Boat
Warning Systems to be Installed at Crescent & Vischer Ferry Dams
Connie M. Cullen, NYPA
Erin Agans, NYS Canal Corp
April 18, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA), working
with the New York State Canal Corporation, will oversee the seasonal
installation of flashboards and buoys at Crescent and Vischer Ferry
dams, located on the Mohawk River in the Towns of Niskayuna, Clifton
Park and Colonie starting Sunday, April 27. The New York State
Canal System is scheduled to open May 1 weather permitting.
Staff members from NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped
Storage Power Project will direct the work, which will be conducted
by a maintenance crew from the New York State Canal Corporation’s
Waterford Section Office, utilizing a self-propelled flat bottom
boat, or scow.
Water levels at Vischer Ferry will begin to drop
during the evening hours on Sunday, April 27, in anticipation of the
installation of the flashboards and buoys at Vischer Ferry Dams D, E
& F beginning on Monday, April 28.
The maintenance crew will complete the Vischer
Ferry installations on Wednesday, April 30, and the water levels
will begin to rise through the morning of Thursday, May 1. Also
during the morning of Thursday, May 1, water levels will begin to
drop at Crescent pond where the maintenance crew will have moved to
install flashboards and buoys. Crescent pond will begin to rise in
the afternoon on May 1 as river flow permits.
Barring any complications or inclement weather, the
installations will be completed by Thursday, May 1, and the water
levels restored. Unforeseen precipitation and high water conditions
may delay this schedule.
Any questions regarding this work please contact
John Osinski, NYPA, at 518-433-6742.
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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.
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