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Welcome to the Erie Canal Neighbors Association Forum
« on: June 15, 2018, 01:58:50 pm »
Welcome to The Erie Canal Neighbors Forum... Now OPEN to Members & Guests Comments & Posts, come join the conversation.

The objective of the Erie Canal Neighbors Association, ECNA for short, is to give NY Residents and Property Owners who live alongside or near the Erie Canal & Trailway a place where they can discuss problems associated with the new Earthen Embankment Integrity Program (EEIP). If your property borders the Erie Canal this safety project will affect your life quite a bit... share your story.

In addition there is also a large amount of information in the ECNA forum regarding the first Earthen Embankment Remediation Project, known as EERP,  that the NY Canal Corporation has undertaken to address safety issues on Canal Embankment. Many in Brockport to Middleport are in their third year of Embankment Repair...we can learn quite a bit from these folks.

There are several types of Erie Canal Property owners, those that live directly adjacent to an Embankment Dam, and those who live along any other section of the canal shoreline. In addition there are others who live in high hazard zones beneath these dams will also have a voice here. Finally, we'd like to encourage the general public to regard this forum as a place to ask questions and get factual answers.

This is a place to unite us all and insure our concerns & objectives as Erie Canal Neighbors are addressed or met.

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General standards of good behavior apply in this website, Gentlemanly civility is mandatory. All are welcome to comment or post topics as Guests until that privilege is abused.

If you want to join the ECNA after "kicking the tires" as a Guest, you are welcome. If you want to remain "anonymous" as a guest we have created a GUEST email address that anyone can use.


September 1, 2020 Update: We have removed the Email requirement for Guests to add comments, we are hoping that more people will engage in these topics on here. But if this becomes an annoyance we will simply un-check the new box that Wordpress gave us in the latest upgrade.

Of course guests have limited Forum Permissions, always better to be a Member, If you do signup you will be asked for Real Name & Address, along with a valid email to gain access to the  following boards that will be for verified members only.

    Property Owners in a Dam Hazard Zone
    Property Owners On Embankment Dams
    Property Owners Adjacent to Erie Canal
    NYS Parks & Trails Adopt-a-Trail Volunteers (ECNA based)

We also have a few Forum Boards that are "hidden" from guest viewing. These are for internal ECNA conversations and are based on member participation. If you post in the Forum, actually get into the conversation actively, you will open up even more boards as your post count grows.

Some forum boards are visible to you if you fill out our online Information ECNA Member Form and your user name is added to the appropriate group based on the supplied information.

Thank you for supporting the ECNA, and for joining the conversation. Have a good time and looking forward to hearing from you all
The ECNA Forum Moderators

Mike C & Doug K
ECNA Co-Founders

« Last Edit: September 04, 2020, 01:44:05 pm by Doug K »

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Re: The Erie Canal Neighbors Forum
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2018, 07:27:29 pm »
Link to the ECNA Neighbor Information Online Form, you can use this to gain access to Additional ECNA Forum Boards specific to your type of neighborhood

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Thank you ECNA for the email address to use for guest login. Seems to work from my PC better than phone because of the security features on email verification but I manage to write this post. I will look around & kick the tires as you put it. May join as a member, this canal project hits our home soon.

Couple of questions:

I assume the difference between guest & member is also that members login once to leave as many post as they like?

What do you do with the information on your Member form?

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Thank You Kicker

Mike & I have been looking at this CreateaForum now for awhile, fixing things that don't work right for ECNA Guests, enabling more content for it's Members.  Here's the answers to your questions:

Members can do more than guests, mostly in posting. Members can share pictures in posts as well, guest logins allow text only. From the forum point of view... we allows Guests to have 6 permissions, members get 26. We know some guests and they say the most annoying thing is the login. Members login once, and can come and go posting, answering polls, and asking questions or starting new topics. Guest have to verify each time and also are thrown a Captiva puzzle to prove you are not a bot spam mailer.

As for the ECNA Member form, it's also an available online tool that we made to capture minimal amount of info on members. This allows us to put you into another group with neighbors similar to your circumstances. If you live alongside the canal and trail your life is different than other neighbors living on the opposite side or below in a flood zone. We thought it would be a good feature for members to compare notes on how other canal neighbors are faring. Here's what those Member Boards look like:

Under the Main Forum Board marked with the Arrow, members have these sub-forums to discuss similar issues they may see having the Erie Canal as a neighbor

These Forum Boards are based on where members live or how old their properties are, each will be influenced differently with safer embankments

One example we hear over and over...Many Canal Neighbors have water issues, sump pumps run continuously, water in basements and pooling in yards. Some of us Canalside Neighbors have figured out how to make that go away. And you can now work with the NYPA owned Canal Corp to get this common earthen dam issue fixed. In fact I am one of those who fixed the "leaky dam" problem here.

We welcome any ideas you might have. It's a little tough, we are both "old dogs" and how this Forum works is new. As the Embankment Integrity Program moves East to the Middle & Eastern sections of the Barge Canal, there will be more Neighbors getting involved, with different issues than ours, but will benefit from having a little history about how this work started.

Thanks again for visiting, hope you become a member soon
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Updated ECNA Website is up and running, Check it out
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2020, 08:09:28 pm »
It's finally coming together, if you haven't seen it take a look, the new "improved" Erie Canal Neighbor's Association website