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Dates Announced for Water Drawdown for Opening of Juvenile Fish Bypasses at  Vischer Ferry Dams

Contact:
Connie Cullen
914-390-8196
connie.cullen@nypa.gov
                                                                  

August 20, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to perform work related to fish bypass systems at the Crescent and Vischer Ferry dams. Both dams are on the Mohawk River. The juvenile fish passages at each location will be opened the week following Labor Day. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, September 5

  • Drawdown of the water level at Crescent will start at 3 am and drop to the elevation of 183.9 feet by 10:30 am.  The juvenile passage will be opened on Dam B with the water level starting to rise by 11:30 am.

  • Water level at Crescent will return to normal level in approximately 12 to 24 hours, depending on the river flow.

Thursday, September 6

  • Drawdown of the water level at Vischer Ferry will start at 4 am and drop to elevation 210.9 feet by 10:30 am.  The juvenile passage will be opened on Dam F, with the water level starting to rise by 11 am.

  • Water level at Vischer Ferry will return to normal level in approximately 24 to 48 hours, depending on the river flow.

Unforeseen precipitation and high water conditions may delay this schedule or change the time to refill.  Any questions regarding this work should be directed to John Osinski in NYPA’s Albany Office at 518-433-6742. 

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