Spring Flashboards and Boat Warning Systems to be
Installed at Crescent and Vischer Ferry Dams
Connie M. Cullen
Erin Agans, NYS Canal Corp.
April 24, 2009
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, buoys and the fish deterrent system at
Crescent and Vischer Ferry dams, located on the Mohawk River in the
Towns of Niskayuna, Clifton Park and Colonie, starting Monday, April
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 Monday, April 27, in anticipation of the
installation of the flashboards and buoys at Vischer Ferry Dam D
beginning on Tuesday, April 28.
The maintenance crew is expected to continue the
Vischer Ferry flashboard and buoy installations on Wednesday, April
29 and Thursday, April 30, at Dams E sand F, including the fish
deterrent system at Dam F. Water levels will begin to rise through
the evening of Thursday, April 30 and continue through the morning
of Friday, May 1.
During the morning of Friday, May 1, water levels
will begin to drop at Crescent pond where the maintenance crew will
have moved to install flashboards and buoys during the afternoon.
Crescent pond will begin to rise in the evening on Friday, May 1 as
river flow permits.
Throughout the flashboard installation process,
water levels will remain above the Canal Corporation's minimum
navigation levels above Locks E-6 and E-7.
Barring any complications or inclement weather, the
installations will be completed by Friday, 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, New York Power Authority, at 518-433-6742.
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