Author Topic: Erie Canal Trail Safety Work Continues in Glens Falls  (Read 170 times)

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Many around Monroe County may believe the New York State Canal Corporation has stopped its efforts to clear canal embankments and repair that aging earthen dam PROBLEM they have had for the past 9 years.

Untrue, in fact Embankment Stabilization efforts are on-going through the NYS Canal System across the state, all part of the overall EEIP public safety program.

Ever since the release of the Earthen Embankment Integrity Program (EEIP) documents on the NYSDEC website, there's been a steady effort to finally identify and fix these old earthen embankments by clearing, removing tree roots and restoring proper slope angles to these 100-year-old dams.


https://dec.ny.gov/news/environmental-notice-bulletin/2022-11-30/public-notice/statewide-the-new-york-state-canal-corporation-as-lead-agency-has-accepted-a-final-generic-environmental-impact-statement-on-the-proposed-earthen-embankment-integrity-program-eeip-the-final-geis

The action involves implementing a documented comprehensive canal system embankment maintenance program to restore, maintain, and manage the integrity of embankments within the Canal System. The EEIP will address implementation of management practices for water impounding earthen embankments or features that abut and are parallel to the earthen embankments, including engineered alternatives to minimize or mitigate environmental impacts, but may not include individual structures located along the embankments or under the embankments (spillways, waste weirs, vertical walls, culverts and dive culverts are excluded features).

Specifically, the scope includes all embankment material and impairments along with turf, vegetation, armoring or paving that's parallel to the embankment slopes and surfaces from outside the toe of the outboard slope of the canal or feeder to the toe of the inboard embankment slope. It includes water recording and management features used in regulation of water levels in the canal and feeders, and geotechnical instrumentation devices. It also includes design and implementation of certain alternative solutions to vegetation removal, as well as amenities such as supplemental compatible vegetation.

The project is located in the counties of Albany, Cayuga, Erie, Herkimer, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Seneca, Warren, Washington and Wayne, New York.

Contact: James Candiloro, New York State Canal Corporation, 30 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12207, Phone: (518) 433-6841, E-mail: James.candiloro@nypa.gov.]


Here's another ENB from the New York State DEC, for embankment work near Rome, NY.

https://dec.ny.gov/news/environmental-notice-bulletin/2022-08-24/completed-application/canalway-trail

Project Description:
The applicant proposes to repair the embankment and stabilize a trail section of the Erie Canal Trail, approximately 2,200 feet west of Thomas Rd.  The proposed repair incorporates the placement of medium weight stone fill on top of Type-1 stone bedding material. The stone fill will be keyed-in at the toe of slope to prevent future slippage.  A total of 38.8 cubic yards of material over 622 square feet will be placed in NYS Freshwater Wetland OR-25.  A total of 705 cubic yards of fill over 8,930 square feet will be placed in the Regulated 100-foot Adjacent Area of NYS Freshwater Wetland OR-25.


And another Environmental Notice Bulletin for work in Oneida County

https://dec.ny.gov/news/environmental-notice-bulletin/2023-03-01/seqr/oneida-county-the-new-york-state-canal

Oneida County - The New York State Canal Corporation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Vegetation Removal from Upland Disposal Site 4-40 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the vegetation removal.

So what's different NOW than before, when the Earthen Embankment Integrity Program cleared & stabilized 28 miles of embankments between 2018-2021 in Orleans & Monroe County?

The only thing different, at least from what the ECNA can determine...

Nobody else, no other County or Town in NYS looked at this Erie Canal vegetation removal & embankment/trail repair work as a "existential threat" to those who use the Canal  System.

ONLY the Town of Perinton, in Monroe County, felt "proud" to stand up against this public safety program.

They were joined by a handful of Facebook people who also denied this work was for public safety, they were in the Town of Murray, Orleans County, around Holley, NY.

So lesson learned, hopefully for the NYSCC... keep your head down, stay on course with your EEIP efforts, and leave Monroe County to the very END of the program.

Hopefully by then, those who still think protesting public safety work in the the "name of the environment", will have figured out how stupid that idea sounds... to anyone.

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