Notice to Mariners
Erie Canal – Crescent & Vischer Ferry
April 27, 2016
Mariners are advised that the regular annual installation of flashboards at Crescent (Lock E6) & Vischer Ferry (Lock E7) dams on the Mohawk River/Erie Canal will occur the second week of May according to the following schedule, and will involve water level fluctuations ultimately resulting in the raising of the water level approximately two feet, where it is intended to remain for the duration of the navigation season.
Monday, May 9 – Water level at Vischer Ferry starts approaching crest in the PM.
Tuesday, May 10 – Water level at Vischer Ferry 0.5’ below crest by AM. Installation of flashboards starts at Vischer Ferry Dam D.
Wednesday, May 11 – Water level at Vischer Ferry remains at 0.5’ below crest in AM & PM. Installation of flashboards continues at Vischer Ferry Dam E.
Thursday, May 12 – Water level at Vischer Ferry remains at 0.5’ below crest in AM & PM. Installation of flashboards on Dam F and fish deterrent systems completed at Vischer Ferry. Relocate to Crescent. Water level rises to 211.0’ in PM.
Friday, May 13 – Water level at Vischer Ferry pond rises from elevation 211.0’ in AM to 213.3’. Crescent pond drops to 0.5’ below crest in AM & PM. Installation of flashboards completed at Crescent in the PM. Crescent pond rises to 185.0’ in the PM as river flow permits.
Barring any complications or inclement weather, the flashboard installation will be completed Friday, May 13. Unforeseen precipitation and high water conditions may cause a delay in this schedule.
Chart 14786 E-39 & E-40 covering the affected area can be found at http://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/14786e39.png & http://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/14786e40.png.
Features along the eastern portion of the Erie Canal are listed by mileage at http://www.canals.ny.gov/wwwapps/navinfo/navinfo.aspx?waterway=erieeastern.
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