Gilboa dam work under way
SCHOHARIE COUNTY The agency that oversees New York City’s water supply is resuming flood control work on a key upstate dam.
The city Department of Environmental Protection says a three-week project will install at least one of two planned “siphons,” steel pipes that will be used to draw water out of the Gilboa Dam reservoir.
They’re part of a $400 million project to reinforce and modernize the dam on the Schoharie Creek in the Catskills 40 miles southwest of Albany.
Each will be able to release 250 million gallons a day to help regulate water levels and protect against flooding downstream.
Concern about flooding led the agency to drop the water level ahead of Superstorm Sandy because of damage in the Schoharie Valley from tropical storms last year.