Crest gates now top Gilboa Dam
Posted at: 09/03/2012 9:39 AM
SCHOHARIE (AP) - New crest gates have been added to the top of the Gilboa Dam.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection says the 11 stainless steel panels, each 20 feet-long and weighing 5,400 pounds, provide an additional layer of flood protection around the Schoharie Reservoir.
The gates can maximize storage capacity or create more storage space by being lowered to release water.
The dam was completed in 1927 and contains the northernmost reservoir in the city's Catskill water system. At full capacity, the reservoir holds 17.6 billion gallons of water.
An ongoing rehabilitation and strengthening project will cost more than $400 million. It is expected to be finished in 2019.
DEP's water system provided more than a billion gallons of water a day to more than nine million residents.
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