News & Bulletins

Executive Director Hired

The Board of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District is pleased to announce the hiring of Robert J. Smullen as its next Executive Director effective May 19, 2016.  Mr. Smullen served in the United States Marine Corps, rising to the rank of Colonel before his retirement in 2015.  He served as an infantry officer on active duty, completing three combat tours in Afghanistan.  A 1986 graduate of Gloversville High School, he also attended Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the National Defense University.  Colonel Smullen has been married for nineteen years and has four children.

 

Invitation to Bidders

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District will accept sealed bids for the following used vehicle:

1) 2005 Ford F250 XL Super Duty (Green), 2 dr., 4 speed automatic, A/C, 4 WD, 5.4L, AM-FM radio, AC, 52,464 miles, 8’ box with liner, western plow with ultra-mount.

Vehicle may be inspected by calling the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District Sacandaga Field Office, 737 Bunker Hill Road, Mayfield, NY 518- 661-5535 during weekday business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for an appointment.

Bids should be by letter addressed to Administrator, Hudson River-Black River Regulating District, 737 Bunker Hill Road, Mayfield, NY 12117, Attn: John Hodgson and arrive not later than 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 25, 2016, at which time they will be publicly opened. Bid(s) must be enclosed in a separate sealed envelope marked 2005 F250. Minimum bid required is $5,000.00.

Terms & Conditions
Vehicle is being sold on an “as is” and “where is” basis with no guarantee expressed or implied by the Regulating District. Buyers are encouraged to inspect all items before bidding.

Sale will be made to the highest bidder, subject to these Terms of Sale. However, upon dispute among two or more bidders, the Regulating District representative’s decision will be absolute.

All sales are final. No refunds, No returns, No exchanges, No turndowns.

Full payment must be made in cash or certified funds ONLY and must be made at the time of or prior to vehicle/equipment pickup. A Bill of Sale will be furnished.

Hudson River-Black River Regulating District reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Executive Director

The Hudson River – Black River Regulating District, a New York State public benefit corporation, that regulates the flow of the Upper Hudson River and the Black River, is seeking a Chief Executive Officer responsible for the direction, coordination, management, and implementation of all District policies and programs. Successful candidate shall have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and ten years’ experience in
fiscal, budget, and executive management. Travel between offices required. In addition to a competitive salary commensurate with experience, we offer an outstanding benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance, deferred compensation plan, State retirement, paid vacation, holidays, sick leave, and personal time. Official work station will be Albany / Mayfield offices.

Interested candidates should reply, with a letter of interest, salary requirement, and a comprehensive education/ professional resume by February 1, 2016.

To: Richard Ferrara, Human Resources,
Hudson River – Black River Regulating District,
350 Northern Boulevard, Albany, New York 12204.

District Meetings Cancelled

The District’s Annual Organizational and Regular Monthly meetings scheduled for Tuesday, January 12, 2016 were cancelled due to the lack of a quorum required to conduct public business pursuant to Open Meetings Law.

Both meetings have been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at the Utica State Office Building.

Invitation to Bidders

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District will accept sealed bids for the following used vehicles:

1) 2009 Ford F250 (Green), 4 dr., Auto, 4 WD, 5.4L, AM-FM radio, AC, 107,622 mi.

2) 2008 Chevy Tahoe (Blue), 4 dr., Auto, 4WD, 5.3L, AM-FM-CD radio, On-Star, PW, PSeats, AC, cruise, 106,378 mi.

Vehicles may be inspected by calling the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District Sacandaga Field Office, 737 Bunker Hill Road, Mayfield, NY 518- 661-5535 during weekday business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for an appointment.

Bids should be by letter addressed to Administrator, Hudson River-Black River Regulating District, 737 Bunker Hill Road, Mayfield, NY 12117, Attn: John Hodgson and arrive not later than 1:00 p.m., Friday, September 4, 2015, at which time they will be publicly opened. The bid(s) must be enclosed in a separate sealed envelope marked 2009 F250 and/or 2008 Tahoe. Minimum bids for the 2009 Ford F250 and for the 2008 Chevy Tahoe will be $5,000.00 each.

Terms & Conditions

Vehicles are being sold on an “as is” and “where is” basis with no guarantee expressed or implied by the Regulating District. Buyers are encouraged to inspect all items before bidding.

Sale will be made to the highest bidder, subject to these Terms of Sale. However, upon dispute among two or more bidders, the Regulating District representative’s decision will be absolute.

All sales are final. No refunds, No returns, No exchanges, No turndowns.

Full payment must be made in cash or certified funds ONLY and must be made at the time of or prior to vehicle/equipment pickup. A Bill of Sale will be furnished.
Hudson River-Black River Regulating District reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Invitation to Bidders

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District will accept sealed
bids for the following used vehicles:

1) 2009 Ford F250 (Green), 4 dr., Auto, 4 WD, 5.4L, AM-FM radio, AC, 107,622 mi.

2) 2008 Chevy Tahoe (Blue), 4 dr., Auto, 4WD, 5.3L, AM-FM-CD radio, On-Star, PW, PSeats, AC,
cruise, 106,378 mi.

Vehicles may be inspected by calling the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District Sacandaga
Field Office, 737 Bunker Hill Road, Mayfield, NY 518-661-5535 during weekday business hours of
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for an appointment.

Bids should be by letter addressed to Administrator, Hudson River-Black River Regulating District,
737 Bunker Hill Road, Mayfield, NY 12117, Attn: John Hodgson and arrive not later than 1:00 p.m.,
Friday, July 24, 2015, at which time they will be publicly opened. The bid(s) must be enclosed in
a separate sealed envelope marked 2009 F250 and/or 2008 Tahoe. Minimum bid for the 2009 Ford F250
will be $9,500.00 and for the 2008 Chevy Tahoe, $10,500.00.

Terms & Conditions

Vehicles are being sold on an “as is” and “where is” basis with no guarantee expressed or implied
by the Regulating District. Buyers are encouraged to inspect all items before bidding.

Sale will be made to the highest bidder, subject to these Terms of Sale. However, upon dispute
among two or more bidders, the Regulating District representative’s decision will be absolute.

All sales are final. No refunds, No returns, No exchanges, No turndowns.

Full payment must be made in cash or certified funds ONLY and must be made at the time of or prior
to vehicle/equipment pickup. A Bill of Sale will be furnished.

Hudson River-Black River Regulating District reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Regulating District Board Decides to Remediate Hawkinsville Dam Project Update – September 10, 2014

The Board of Hudson River – Black River Regulating District unanimously passed a motion to pursue the remediation alternative for the Hawkinsville Dam. The Board has authorized Regulating District staff to begin the next phase of the project which includes obtaining the necessary permits, authorizing the engineering consultant to begin final design, and to establish a long-term agreement for use of land not currently part of the project.

The final report of the Hawkinsville Dam Final Study on the remediation and removal alternative is available through the following link.

Hawkinsville Dam Final Study

State’s Reservoirs Reduce Hudson River Flooding

Great Sacandaga Lake and Indian Lake Reservoir Reduce Peak Hudson River Flow by 47%
Stillwater Reservoir Reduce Peak Black River Flow by 11%

The Great Sacandaga Lake and Indian Lake Reservoir provided 2.48 billion cubic feet of water storage on Tuesday, April 16, reducing the level of flooding in the Hudson River from the Town of Hadley to Fort Edward. The State’s two Hudson River regulating reservoirs stored more than 21.8 billion gallons of runoff on Tuesday, reducing the Hudson River flow by approximately 32,100 cubic feet per second (cfs).

Rainfall and runoff from melting snow on Monday caused the Hudson River to peak at a flow rate of 35,500 cfs at Hadley on April 16, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Without the combined storage capacity of the State’s Hudson River regulating reservoirs, Hudson River flow at Corinth would have peaked at more than 67,000 cfs, and would have produced a flood elevation at least 6 feet higher at Fort Edward on April 16. Operation of the Great Sacandaga Lake significantly reduced potential flood damage to buildings, roads and bridges in Hadley, Corinth, South Glens Falls, Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, and Fort Edward.

Reservoirs in the Regulating District’s Black River area also experienced increased inflow on Tuesday, and stored approximately 0.43 billion cubic feet, or 3.2 billion gallons of runoff. Stillwater Reservoir reduced the Black River flow by approximately 5,000 cfs and reduced the river elevation in Watertown by approximately 1 foot.

Hawkinsville Dam Natural Resources and Wetland Assessment Scheduled to begin November 11

The Hudson River – Black River Regulating District and its consultant engineering firm for this project, Kleinschmidt, are completing an evaluation of the Hawkinsville Dam. This evaluation will examine and compare two alternatives proposed to bring the dam into compliance with state dam safety regulations. The evaluation will explore both remediation/repair and removal of the dam and spillway. To further the objectives of the evaluation, a natural resources/wetland assessment, field work, and data gathering will need to occur. Kleinschmidt’s team of engineers will be conducting topographic, bathymetric, and wetland surveys beginning the week of November 11. The following link will take you to a webpage with information regarding this project.

If you have any questions concerning this project you may contact the Regulating District’s Chief Engineer, Robert Foltan, at 518-465-3491.

Notice of Proposed Early Start of Sixth Lake Reservoir Drawdown

The Hudson River – Black River Regulating District proposes to start the annual drawdown of the Sixth Lake Reservoir (Sixth Lake and Seventh Lake) on, or about September 16, 2013. This date is about three weeks earlier than the date on which the drawdown has typically started in recent years.

The Regulating District welcomes comments concerning the proposed early drawdown, as well as suggestions for alternative timing (start date and duration) of a drawdown.

An early drawdown will only be considered if there is sufficient favorable interest from the residents of Sixth and Seventh Lake.

Please forward any comments to:

Robert Foltan, P.E., Chief Engineer
Hudson River – Black River Regulating District
350 Northern Blvd.
Albany, New York 12204
518-465-3491
hrao@hrbrrd.com

The early drawdown is intended to provide residents and lake front property owners an opportunity to complete repair or construction work on waterfront structures, beaches, docks, and the shoreline.
Residents and property owners who intend to complete shoreline related work are reminded to obtain all necessary local, state, and federal permits prior to starting any work. No permit from the Regulating District is required.

The rate at which the water elevation in the reservoir will be lowered will remain relatively unchanged from historic operation, only the date on which the drawdown begins will change. Sixth Lake Reservoir will be drawdown to, and consistent with, the long-term historic average elevation by mid-October 2013. Historic average water elevations will be targeted through late November 2013. Reservoir operation and water elevations will be consistent with normal operations after November 25, 2013.

The following table may be used as a guide for determining reservoir elevation this fall.

Action Date Elevation (ft)
Drawdown Begin September 16, 2013 1785.75
October 1, 2013 1784.75
Target long term average elevations October 15 – Nov. 24, 2013 1784.1 – 1783.3
Resume normal operation November 25, 2013 1783.3

As always, the operation of the reservoir is subject to change, the need to provide flood protection and augmentation and, of course, the weather.

Revised: August 6, 2013

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