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Michael Caswell

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Imagine this!
« on: November 08, 2023, 04:37:31 pm »
In a recent NYPA publication, they made the following observation regarding the dam at Royalton.

The Canal Corporation has been monitoring three known seeps, or leaks, along this one- half mile rural stretch on the north side of the Erie Canal for more than 20 years. Due to dense vegetation that had grown on the outboard slope of the earthen embankment, the Canal Corporationís maintenance staff were previously unable to fully inspect this location for additional seeps. In the spring of 2021, after clearing all three-inch or less in diameter vegetation, 14 additional seeps were uncovered.

On that assumption, and considering this is a fairly small dam in height, we should consider that there would be more leaks in the ones from Pittsford to Fairport. The brush growing there is extremely dense and the dams are twice as tall. 
Imagine how many more leaks they'll find, it's really scary.

I'll predict fifty or more leaks will be found when they clear the junk from the slopes of the Great Oxbow Embankment Dam.

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All part of making & also "keeping" a 100 year old canal safe for the public to use..and safe for canal neighbors living below these earthen dams.

Royalton Embankment Seepage issue has grown worse, ever since the Sinkhole of 2021. The ECNA covered this one with a little humor..

https://ecna.createaforum.com/the-stop-the-clearcut-argument/embankment-sinkhole-or-dangerous-animal-burrow-you-decide/msg1824/#msg1824

Here's a video from the NYS Canal Corporation on the initial issues in 2021 out in Gaines, near Royalton.

https://youtu.be/-5_-FpApNm8?si=fceLvprmJgjviptu

And if ANYONE is thinking or saying this Royalton NY Canal Embankment repair is "not a big concern", dams leak", ask yourself why New York State would dedicate a brand new webpage to the issue, trying desperately to educate the public at large about the issue & Repair process.

https://www.nyscanalintegrity.org/royalton


So, if anyone is trying to sell the fantasy, as seen on some social media websites, that there's "nothing wrong" with the Erie Canal, or it's earthen structures, DO NOT BELIEVE them.

 Here's just more proof of how precarious some of these long-term embankment issues have become, after 100 years of MINIMAL dam maintenance work along the Erie Canal system.

And let's not forget the 5 years that a local Rochester Facebook group whined about "Canal Shade & Warm Fish" that also caused all of this critical work to be delayed for an additional 2 years, and also cost taxpayers in Pittsford, Perinton, and Brighton who paid for funding for a frivolous lawsuit against NY State to try and stop all of this routine maintenance.

Time to cut more trees, inspect more aging embankments, and also to stop listening to social media influence that has hoodwinked the public with lies & supposition.

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Hot off the presses... another NEW webpage from the New York State Canal Corporation, dedicated to general Erie Canal Project & Repairs.

https://www.canals.ny.gov/news/projectupdates.html

It seems that ever since the New York Power Authority (NYPA) took over the NYS Canal System, they have made great strides in communication & transparency to the public about the deteriorating condition of this major NYS attraction. The page link above details where several older, original Erie Canal Dams are being renovated for safety, due to their high-hazard safety ratings.

Just another reinforcement of the State's Earthen Embankment Integrity Program (EEIP) and why it's necessary to repair these old earthen embankments BEFORE they become a local news story.. for the devastating flood those embankments can create when they fail.

See the website for more information and look here for continuing updates on Erie Canal projects.