Power Authority Reservoirs
Reopened for Recreational Boating
April 23, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTH BLENHEIM—The New
York Power Authority (NYPA) reopened the upper and lower reservoirs
at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project on Thursday,
April 17 to recreational boats and boat trailers clearly marked with
New York State registration numbers and a NYPA permit.
Permits will be valid
through Sept. 30, when the reservoirs will be closed to boating
until the following April. Applications for permits may be obtained
by calling 1-800-724-0309 or by visiting the Power Authority’s web
The upper reservoir,
located on Kingsley Road in the Town of Gilboa, will be open to
boating daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 upper 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. No advance
notice is required to use the lower reservoir. Boating will be
permitted from 7:30 a.m. until the park closes each day. The park
will be open until 4 p.m. until the first weekend in May; afterward,
it will remain open until dusk.
Boating on the upper
reservoir is restricted to recreational craft—rowboats and
canoes—with or without electric trolling motors. Gasoline-powered
engines are permitted on the lower reservoir.
The reservoirs may be
closed to boating at any time at the Power Authority’s discretion.
■ 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 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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