Author Topic: Brockport Embankment Barrier Restoration Has Started - March 2021  (Read 68 times)

Doug K

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As some may say... Better Late than Never.

Of course, Erie Canal Neighbors on the west side of Monroe County are simply saying "Late is Late", and the promised Privacy Screening for the NYS Canal Corporation's Earthen Embankment Restoration PROJECT (known as EERP) is about 18 month late or more now. And most of that has been filled with utter silence by the NYS Canal Corporation about this and their NEW earthen dam work called the Earthen Embankment Integrity Program (EEIP).

But today holds promise as the NYS Canal Corporation trucks were busy on the Empire State Trail in Brockport.

This is right where the project left off...before Covid stopped the work. Mile-Marker 278.


The first work was on the SOUTH side of the Erie Canal, where the plan is to plant a row of trees to help dissipate the noise pollution in the Quarry Street neighborhood. A local company out of Lockport, NY named 360 Land Survey, was taking staking out locations along the waterway for 6-12 barrier trees to be planted. The Canal Corporation representative was checking the GPS locations, and insuring the best coverage to try and address the air and noise issues since the Embankments were cleared in 2018.





After discussing the layout the Surveyor went to work putting in several color-coded wooden stakes based on exact GPS coordinates through the equipment used to perform the layout work. It looked like half a dozen White Flagged stakes went in, equally spaced, followed by as many Orange Flagged Stakes, that were on a second row, further way from the canal and slightly off-set from the first set of White Stakes. And for good measure there were a couple Yellow Flagged stakes placed on each end it seemed.





Then the Survey / Layout crew moved their work to the North Embankment, the earthen dam that was cleared from Brockport east to about the Village line. Again they started with some white stakes, followed by a few orange ones, for as far as we could see them. Here's a link to the company doing the Survey & Layout work.



This time the work was on the north side of the Erie Canal Trail, and stakes along with orange paint on the trail, was marki9ng locations between the Canal Trail and the neighbors living along the trail. This looked to be the much anticipated EERP Restoration Barrier planting that was promised when the Embankment Project started back in 2017.


http://360landsurvey.com/






We will try to confirm this new work in Brockport is REALLY the final restoration phase of the original earthen embankment project performed by the Canal Corporation. The new owners of the NYS Canal System, the New York Power Authority, seem to have put a gag order on the Canal folks and all Embankment Project communication has dribbled down to the same flow  as an empty, "de-watered" Erie Canal.

It seems they are very busy trying to complete their SEQR work on the new EEIP embankment "PROGRAM", because a project was not the right way to do this work to begin with... but they are learning. Well at least that's the excuse many are using for what has happened to many Erie Canal Neighborhoods as a result of this embankment work.

https://www.professionalmariner.com/learning-curve-steep-for-new-stewards-of-new-yorks-canal-system/

It's a hopeful sign today, for all Erie Canal Neighbors living directly along the North Embankment Trail, if they are planting wooden stakes, then the promised privacy barrier shrubbery can't be far behind.

As summer approaches and the flood of Trail Users starts, that barrier planting to separate the "guests" of the Canal Corporation from the miles of neighborhoods sharing the same space will be a welcome relief from the past three years of " Empire Trail Shock" when the Canal Corporation let their guests, visitors, tourist & friends into the lives of their neighbors living along the waterway & trail... much to the dismay of many.

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And right on que, the NYS Canal Corporation EERP Barrier Restoration Project  work in Brockport, gets the first step... ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

Whenever the Canal Corporation has worked on the Canal Embankments their very first step is to define the work zone area and lay a protective barrier roll down along it, to insure any project runoff is managed. It's the Environmental safety work that many seems to think doesn't happen. And this also solves the "mystery" of the different colored stakes.

This barrier is being placed along the White Stake line... white for keep everything environmentally "clean" below that line.







Here's a another image of the work, and you can see the Canal Corporation vehicle up ahead of the crew placing the barrier down, insuring the work is done to the Project Specifications, and environmental protection barrier is placed where it's required by SEQR guidelines.








And here's a close-up of the Barrier tube being hammered into place. Not sure what the filler is, but usually a bio-degradable mulch mixture that will soak up anything that runs along it, or tries to get through it. The last one we saw here was green, and it was placed at the base of the Embankment before any of the original slope grubbing started.






So if there is any doubt that the NYS Canal Corporation wasn't going to plant their EERP Restoration Barrier Screening, hopefully this brings that to an end. The long black tube you see along the Erie Canal Trail on Brockport's Eastside Earthen Dam has a name, it's marked on the White Stakes as the location to stake in the Silt Sock.





The same statement could be made about the new Earthen Embankment Integrity Program, that is following the EERP project restoration...it's happening.

That EEIP work will be continuing as well, once all of the State-Required Environmental Assessment & Planning work is done. The EEIP Guidebook is forthcoming, which will layout how Earthen Canal Dams get cleared and why. The SEQR paperwork step for the Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) is also nearing completion.

It's just a matter of finishing the paperwork, and getting back to work, from this long Covid Hibernation we have had in NY State.







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And the name is Wayside Landscape & Nursery, located locally in Niagara Falls, neighbors to the West on the Canal.



https://waysidenurseryinc.com/commercial-landscaping/

They have arrived on the Erie Canal today and are starting to drop off equipment near the EAST end of the Earthen Embankment Restoration Project clearing work from 2019. Grass has been growing here for about a full season, and now it appears the much anticipated Privacy Screening barrier is being planted.

We have seen stakes on the Empire Trail and also markers indicating where trees will be planted... including tree size. You can also see the Environmental barrier located a few yards further down the dam, it's called a Silt Sock and collects/channels runoff to insure NYS SEQR standards are maintained.







There are multiple barrier screen planting solutions being utilized in the Brockport area, due to the unique nature of the neighboring properties located along the canal, some are older than the Barge Canal itself. .




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It took just under a month to complete the RESTORATION work along Brockport's Erie Canal Embankment Dam, and today the Wayside Nursery crews picked up their "silt sock" and cleaned the Empire Trail in Zone 37... Embankment Restoration work is now complete.

The Wayside crew had been waiting the past few weeks for a few final tree species to be delivered for planting, which happened late last week. Today was about adding fertilizer, more mulch, compliments of emptying portions of the silt sock, and sweeping up the trail, preparing to move to the westside of Brockport and Zone 34.

As you can see, things look a bit different now... here's the last picture we posted from this work site. It was just after they put the environmental protective silt sock in place.





And today, the Wayside Landscaping work crew has finished the work, with a few exceptions left for untying a few more trees and getting some support posts wired into place to hold the new barrier planting in place from windage. The new barrier screening plants provide a nice natural fencing along the Empire Trail, in many places the privacy is improved over what bramble was removed to make these embankments safer.

Take a look.





And as you can imagine, walking along the Empire Trail is very different as well... for both Trail users and those homeowners living along the bottom of these earthen dams. Finally we have privacy restored for both canal guest and canal neighbor.







Once again, the truth is simple about Erie Canal Earthen Embankment Integrity...

Overgrown Erie  Canal Embankments are an eyesore, are unsafe for both canal neighbor & trail users, and are in desperate need of repair for "integrity" issues.

Repaired Erie Canal Embankments are just the opposite of that, and are a new REALITY that all canal neighbors & trail users should get used to seeing.

The reason is SIMPLE, it's the ONLY way to insure that the Erie Canal WATER stays where is should be, on the "other" side of that large earthen emabnkment.

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Well Doug!  THAT is a vast improvement to your property.



Those trees are huge! 

I think the Canal Corp did you all proud! Not quite sure why they would plant some sections with deciduous trees, but, overall, a lovely look!

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