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Rusty

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Canal Drainage Schedule?
« on: November 07, 2018, 10:35:39 am »
Hello all, I have a permit to build a dock along the canal but can't start the work until the water level drops. I'm wondering if there's a website that shows the current water levels and possibly a schedule when they will drain certain sections. Thanks!

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Re: Canal Drainage Schedule?
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2018, 12:18:37 pm »
Rusty,

We've heard that De-Water (draining ) is between November 14-19 time frame for 2018, about 10 days earlier than past years. Of course last year a few sections had a "Re-Water" event in late December to verify a repair made on the West Side.

Start here for Notices:
http://www.canals.ny.gov/wwwapps/tas/notices/index.aspx

Maybe this will help:
http://www.canals.ny.gov/wwwapps/tas/tascanals/index.aspx

We will try to get those Water Level Notices posted on the ECNA.us website if possible.

Good Luck with the Dock.
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Re: Canal Drainage Schedule?
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2018, 03:07:30 pm »
Checked with our NYCC & NYPA Contacts and here's what we learned



Read the Attached Document for more


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Re: Canal Drainage Schedule?
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2018, 10:20:13 am »
Thanks Doug, very helpful!

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Re: Canal Drainage Schedule?
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2019, 09:34:14 pm »
I see that the canal is scheduled to open around May 17th but any word when re-watering will begin?

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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2019, 10:15:17 am »
Hi Rusty,

Hope the Dock work is progressing as planned. I saw that same release  on the 2019 Navigation Schedule. All Boating Fees waived again this year, heard it may be through 2021. It sounds like the waiver of fees is turning into more boater traffic and overall Erie Usage.

http://www.canals.ny.gov/news/pressrel/2019/NYS_Canal_Corporation_Announces_Operating_Hours_for_2019.html

As for the Re-Watering question, we have asked the Canal Corporation and are awaiting final date confirmation. Normally this is done in the third week of April from the Western end, but our conversations with Leadership at the NYCC is saying the re-water will be "delayed" due to the ongoing EERP Restoration as well as several other major repairs that are still ongoing.



They have stated the canal will be filled will be End of April or possibly into Early May in emails, and will have a confirmed date once they get updates from all construction leaders doing off-season work.

Ther ECNA will update this posting if we hear anything else.

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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2019, 07:42:31 am »
Rusty,

Looks like April 28 - May 3 will be the expected Re-Water event on the Erie this season, hopefully no later than May 3 according to Pat


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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2019, 09:07:10 am »
Thanks Doug, really appreciate it! The project is going slower than expected (as usual) but I should at least have the support posts complete by that time which is the important part. Cheers

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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2019, 04:53:54 pm »
Rusty, did you manage to get your dock install done? Water-up happened on schedule, and so far no leaks in our dam.

Share a picture of your dock if you can, looking at whether to do a floating platform type dock or fixed myself. Always looking to compare designs.

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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2019, 09:46:48 am »
Rusty, did you manage to get your dock install done? Water-up happened on schedule, and so far no leaks in our dam.

Share a picture of your dock if you can, looking at whether to do a floating platform type dock or fixed myself. Always looking to compare designs.

Haven't had the time to finish the dock install yet but I'm close! I will definitely share pictures when it's complete. I purchased 4' x 20' steel dock frames off Craigslist and essentially attaching them right to the permanent support posts I installed this winter. Once it's complete you're welcome to come check it out and I can share any lessons learned.

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« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2019, 02:48:30 pm »
Rusty, did you manage to get your dock install done? Water-up happened on schedule, and so far no leaks in our dam.

Share a picture of your dock if you can, looking at whether to do a floating platform type dock or fixed myself. Always looking to compare designs.

Finally got around to working on the dock this past weekend. I was able to get the first of two 20' sections attached to the posts that I installed over the winter. The water was very high!

When installing the dock frame the water level suddenly raised about 10 inches within 3 seconds then gradually dropped back down. I'm several canal miles from the nearest lock but I'm assuming a lock was opened and a large slug of water propagated down the canal. I was just surprised how quickly and how much the water level rose.

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Re: Canal Drainage Schedule?
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2019, 03:05:01 pm »
That doesn't sound like a lock opening... those are slow and usually only add about 3-4 inches of water

it does sound like run-off came in the Erie Canal from the huge rain storm that went through here.,.  I have some flood pictures i want to post of what happens living BELOW the Embankments when 2" of rain falls, there are people that say the Erie Canal has no flooding issues..

I beg to differ with that thinking and I have pictures to prove it. Maybe it's those Stop the Canal Project people, talking about the top the the trail... certainly don't think about those of us at the bottom


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« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2019, 03:34:09 pm »
That doesn't sound like a lock opening... those are slow and usually only add about 3-4 inches of water

The same scenario actually happened a few times when I was in the water a couple weeks ago. I had no idea what was happening so I scrambled out of the water :o.