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Erie Canal Embankment Before & After Photos
« on: June 26, 2018, 10:42:26 am »
Here's a nice set of comparison pictures showing the transformation of the Canal Embankment

Approximately 200' away from the house, which was almost completely hidden from view along the Empire Trail




Same view, different season.





Looking West along the same embankment


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Here's a few more pictures to show how BAD the Earthen Dams were before the recent rehab work, and now with grass seed in place.



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Pretty astounding transformation, and one that few people understand was done to save lives & save the Erie Canal







Embankment Grass Cutting Day - Sept 14, 2020





For those who STILL can't see that Erie Canal Embankments are Dams... our drone view shows it well

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For those in the Rochester area saying the Erie Canal Embankments in the western section are a 'dustbowl' and weed covered... you are wrong once again.

These photos were taken today... while they mowed a 1.5 mile long earthen dam.





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An early April Update for the Earthen Embankment Restoration Project (EERP) as the Phase 3 work is starting to take shape just east of Brockport Village. Here's what the final product should look like for those neighbors most affected by the Embankment Dam maintenance & repair that took place. And of course, it's always nice to start with a BEFORE picture... because some people still can't seem to understand what has taken place here along the Erie Canal.

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It's amazing isn't it?

The tree you see on the right side of the lower picture was left for reference, because of it's unique dual tree trunk. As you can see the earthen dam now has the proper covering of grass, and a noce privacy barrier to mitigate the affect of the Empire Trail traffic on neighboring properties. Most neighbors along this stretch of Canal, have lost all privacy over the past 3 years, due to this EERP dam maintenance work, this privacy screening is a welcome relief.

Of course there are always those "critics" in our community, who will NOT accept or understand that this is what a properly repaired earthen dam looks like. To them, it's still about the "trees", and in many cases those critics are the folks who walk along the TOP of the Embankment Dam, not the Canal Neighbors living below.




What you see in that COMPARISON image at the bottom, is a safer, more sustainable, and NYS Safety Compliant Earthen Erie Canal Dam, with it's INTEGRITY restored, and it's neighbors are safer.

It is also an Embankment Dam that was outfitted with a few new bushes & trees, to mitigate privacy issues, something promised to the Erie Canal Neighbors living along it, and delivered by the NYS Canal Corporation.

Promises Made... Promises Kept...


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Today, April 21, 2021, marks the completion of the Earthen Embankment RESTORATION Project for Zone 37 in Brockport.

The PROJECT has had it's delays, for many different reasons, including from a Facebook group who fought against Embankment Repairs as well as from a Global pandemic called Covid 19, that all but stopped work for a year. But once the obstacles were addressed sufficiently, the work carried on.

The EERP Project has also been a very trying time for many of the Erie Canal neighbors who live along these Earthen Embankment Dams.

From a loss of privacy & security, to having to contend with the New York Canal Corporation, who hasn't been the best neighbor though all of this change. They have not communicated as well as they could have, they have not listened well to the concerns of their neighbors throughout the dam remediation process. It has been a learning process for both, hopefully lesson have been learned, and the best parts of this "project" will be carried forward as NYPA and the New York Canal Corporation work to complete the next 100 miles of Embankment

But no one can say that the Canal Corporation hasn't delivered on what they promised...


A new, clean, safe embankment covered with grass, and a planting of barrier screening along sections of their property that pose a privacy concern for their neighbors.


Here's a few BEFORE & AFTER photos, because you cannot full appreciate what has been done until you see the unsafe dam in comparison to the clear, grass covered safer version.

Here's a comparison view from the bottom of the embankment dam.









Here's another comparison view from the top of the embankment dam.








And for those who would like a couple more images, here's some as you walk along the Empire Trail and the new Barrier Screening.





Now, as you look at these images ask yourself a few simple questions...

Can you see the difference in how the Erie Canal Trail looks today, including the EARTHEN EMBANKMENT holding back the Erie Canal water that was repaired?

Can you see the difference between an unsafe, nearly invisible earthen embankment dam, and an earthen embankment that has been made safer as well as aesthetically pleasing for it's neighboring homeowners ?

Now as you look at these comparison pictures ALSO ask yourself these questions:

Why would any person, or any group on Facebook, or for that matter, ANY canal neighbor, be against having safer Erie Canal embankments, with a reduced chance of breaching & flooding?

What would be the reason to oppose something that the owners of this canal property say is safer, and needed for the safety of the public living near the Erie Canal?


Some things just don't make sense, like fighting against a safety program like this public works effort by the Canal Corporation, an Embankment Integrity Program that makes EVERYONE safer, including people that can't understand the difference between an unsafe dam and one that has been repaired.

You decide which is better for the general safety of the public...

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