Author Topic: Still more Earthen Embankment Repairs in the Town of Royalton  (Read 20 times)

Doug K

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It's OFFICIAL folks, the NYC Canal Corporation Program to Identify & Repair Earthen Embankments is alive & well once again in 2024. More repairs being made to the unsafe, aging canal structure in Royalton, once again. It appears to be in the same area noted by the Canal Authority as a "problem" back in 2018, and 2020.

The work notice came up on the NYS Canal Trail Project webpage, hopefully this doesn't bring out more of those "save the tree" denialist from Facebook, saying something stupid like "there's nothing wrong with the Erie Canal, it's fear-mongering".

https://www.canals.ny.gov/trails/projects.html



The ONLY thing that Erie Canal neighbors & communities should fear is a group of people who have done nothing but minimalize the public safety issues in New York State caused by a 200 year old waterway.

« Last Edit: May 22, 2024, 08:08:29 am by Doug K »

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And yet another NYS Canal Corporation announcement of EMBANKMENT REPAIRS in the Village of Spencerport, this one is for adding NEW filter blankets to the earthen dams along the Empire Trail on the north side of the waterway. The trail will be intermittently closed while dam repairs are underway, next week.

You can read about on the NYS Canal Corporation webpage


https://www.canals.ny.gov/trails/projects.html




So what's the purpose of a Filter Blanket on an earthen dam, like those along the Erie Canal?

That's simple, to stabilize weak & unsafe seepage conditions along the earthen structure, here's an explanation from experts in this area:


The occurrence of cracks in earthen dams, due to hydraulic fracturing or differential settlement, can have serious consequences and might even lead to its collapse. Soil filters and drainage blankets are necessarily provided in earthen dams for safeguarding the stability of the dam against seepage-induced flow through the dam body

https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2022JIEIA.103..215T/abstract#:~:text=Soil%20filters%20and%20drainage%20blankets,core%20and%20the%20downstream%20shell.

So much for that Fairport "social media theory" that "nothing is wrong with the Erie Canal... nothing could be further from the truth.

I'm quite sure that NY State is not spending millions of dollars to repair this section of earthen dam in Spencerport on a whim, or for any other reason than protecting public safety, and the integrity of New York States oldest & most important historical asset, regardless of what some on Facebook might be claiming.

The Canal Corporation Project Website is getting busy these days, with three working repairs noted TODAY alone, all centered on Earthen Embankment Integrity Program work. And the list of operational issues plaguing the NYS Canal System these days is getting quite long as you can see by the image below, from their Canal Notice Webpage. Take a look at the list of Canal Issues, from inoperable locks & lift bridges to lower water levels (again) and floating debris (again).

The list of Canal Issues will grow even longer as the season continues, does anyone still want to say there's nothing wrong with the  NYS canal system?




https://www.canals.ny.gov/wwwapps/tas/notices/index.aspx
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