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Posted by: Doug K
« on: May 29, 2021, 12:38:29 pm »

This is a good opportunity to highlight some new links in our ECNA Forum Menu Bar.

These links were added to make it easier for Canal Neighbors to find information on the ECNA, or the NYS Canal Corporation and their work on Embankment Remediation & Repair, as well as the NYS Canal webpage used for all Canal System Notifications.

We also have provided links to the Oxbow Park & Trail Blog, for those living in and around Perinton & Fairport NY. There's also a link to an online petition we started, to get the Oxbow Earthen Embankment Dam repaired, it's one of the largest and highest hazard water impoundment in the Perinton area

Finally, we have posted a link, to those who want to "dance with the devil".. so to speak. Please use it wisely. We can only say that anyone going there needs to use EXTREME CAUTION.

That link is labeled BEDLAM! for a reason, what you read there just may drive some people insane
Posted by: Michael Caswell
« on: May 28, 2021, 04:30:52 pm »



MAY 28, 2021

The New York State Canal Corporation today announced that the Spencerport, Brockport, and Holley guard gates are in the raised positions and all lift bridges will be operating starting on Saturday, May 29th at 7:00 am.

Boaters should expect some delays in lift bridge operations as lift bridge operators will be roving between lift bridge locations to operate the lift bridges on Saturday, May 29th.

Charts showing the affected area can be found at

Features along the central portion of the Erie Canal are listed by mileage at

The Canal Corporation urges all users to register to receive updates through the “Notice to Mariners” notification program at
Posted by: Doug K
« on: May 28, 2021, 12:25:11 pm »

Just an FYI, repairs to the Erie Street Embankment Dam in Brockport have been completed...Holley guard gates may be open.

We have WATER !!!!

The NYS Canal Corporation is most likely testing the EMERGENCY REPAIR made to the leaking embankment in this section, which has two different inboard slope materials. They placed a metal sheet wall along the southside embankment in this section, which has cement lining on one side, the North side is standard stone rip-rap.

It's one of the MANY sections, along the western canal, that has earthen dams on BOTH sides of the Canal, and the full height of almost 20' with headspace.

Hopefully canal navigation &  travel will be resuming by the weekend... many boats are waiting patiently east of Little Falls.

Posted by: Doug K
« on: May 20, 2021, 01:20:20 pm »

Care to offer a guess as to why the EMBANKMENT side Guard Gate was lowered?

One guard gate down doesn't stop canal traffic, nor does it change the overall pressure in this Earthen Embankment section. It won't change the Phreatic Line either.

But one thing will change...the possibility of internal slope erosion caused by canal currents.

Water flow is affected by this change. Normal inboard slope wear & tear, from moving water along the inside surface of the rip-rap, would be reduced around that Coffer Gate, based on the direction of the canal current.

Kind of like the affect cars have in wind tunnels, an Eddy area will form.

Some would say doing this might be a protective measure for the Earthen Embankment there. Maybe we will learn what the issue is soon from the property owners...but it may be awhile as they have their hands full.

Perhaps there may even be another "seepage" like the South side Embankment in Brockport that has the canal closed there right now. That's another area where Guard Gates have been lowered for the public's protection.

Anyone saying there is nothing wrong with the NYS Canal System, speaking about it's miles and miles of water impoundments, obviously doesn't understand what all these Canal Alerts are indicating.

The Erie Canal is broken folks, and people are still trying to keep it from being properly repaired, even now with yet another warning.

There have been over a dozen Canal Notifications in the past two weeks, most for issues that will need repair in order to reopen the canal fully, and without obstructions.

Posted by: Michael Caswell
« on: May 20, 2021, 11:20:37 am »

Notice to Mariners

Erie Canal – Middleport

May 20, 2021

Mariners are advised that the north span of the Middleport Guard Gate in Orleans County will remain in the lowered position until further notice. Traffic must proceed through the south span.

The operational status of all guard gates can be found at

A chart showing the affected area can be found at

Features along the western portion of the Erie Canal are listed by mileage at