Author Topic: A Short Walk on the Erie Canal Trail along a fully restored Erie Canal Embankment.  (Read 128 times)

Doug K

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Here's the official letter, sent to Erie Canal Neighbors, regarding the much anticipated Earthen Embankment Restoration phase of the Dam Safety Project started here in Brockport, and to all Canal Towns west of here, in 2017.

It confirms what the ECNA has already reported, but gives an estimated COMPLETION date for all the EERP Barrier Restoration planting... late May. As we see progress we will post pictures here, and ask that other neighbors do the same.

The red underlined words are a statement that hasn't been made enough, so we will make sure it is now.

Because it's ALWAYS been about Safety, safety of the Canal Employees, the Canal Neighbors, and the Canal Trail & Waterway users.

You can follow the link below for more on the original Embankment Restoration Project.




https://www.canals.ny.gov/vegetation/index.html


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EERP Restoration Barrier Planting Pictures & Video
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2021, 10:31:19 am »
Right on cue, again, the NYS Canal Corporation has their Earthen Embankment Restoration Project (EERP) Field Supervisor on the job, directing their Partner/Supplier Wayside Nursery from Lockport, as the final phase of the EERP dam clearing continues where is left off. The embankment marking process is closely followed by men, women and machines that start planting according the finalized EERP Barrier Plan that was created by the NYS Canal Corporation and CH Associates, their environmental design partner.

Below are pictures of the process of digging holes, planting the natural privacy screening plants that are allowed



Top picture is looking EAST towards where the EERP finished, Bottom picture is looking WEST towards Brockport Village




As you can see there is plenty of room for hikers & bikers




And finally, the ECNA was able to capture about 200 feet of the Embankment getting planted in a time lapse video. This is not the complete planting as the company doing the work is planting by tree type and location, and have to allow for staging of materials & equipment on the Erie Canal Trail, which to them is a one way road given the normal trail traffic and size of their equipment.


https://youtu.be/uSw7i_T1Ql0

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For those of you who have waited faithfully, just a bit over 3 years now, here's the finished product from the NYS Canal Corporation and their Earthen Embankment Restoration Project.


This is what a safe dam looks like, that has also had a barrier planting added to mitigate privacy issues between the Empire State / Erie Canal Trail (ECT) and many neighboring properties.

The picture shows the view from the bottom, one most people do not see who use the trail.







And the video will show the view from the Top of the Canal Trail, about 400' or so.

https://youtu.be/vfffYuitLBs




For those neighbors affected by the Earthen Embankment Restoration Project (EERP), if you see the EERP work behind your home, go out and ask to see the plan for planting along your property. The NYS Canal Corporation normally has a Project Lead on the work site and they have a very detailed plan for each neighboring property.

I thought about what we asked for when input was requested for the Barrier Screening Plan and I also know what was delivered.

The REMOVAL phase of EERP along our property actually removed about 37 trees.

The NYS Canal Corporation planted 80 privacy shrubs/bushes in it's place during the RESTORATION phase

Our property received 25% MORE plantings than we asked for, and 60% were evergreen type. We wanted 100% but that would have capped the total at 60 trees total, and we have 80 now.

The best part is that the Evergreens were planted to get the best amount of sound protection from the surrounding roadways, and also highest level of privacy for the bulk of our property. Many trees were placed directly in alignment with the source of the noise pollution in most cases.

You look at the pictures and decide if the new look is better than the mess that used to be there , making the embankment unsafe, dropping tree limbs all over the trail and neighboring properties.









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