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Posted by: Doug K
« on: March 28, 2019, 02:01:28 pm »

I'm trying to find where I saw this or heard this little Erie Canal tidbit

The Great Embankment in Pittsford is the largest earthen type dam on the canal, but not the highest. That I heard belongs to the Town of Holley. I seem to remember the GE was 73' and Holley was 78' tall, but not nearly as wide as the Great Embankment at 5280' wide.

I am not sure where it is though, have ask the CC., Canal Corporation.
Posted by: Erie Canaller
« on: March 28, 2019, 12:30:21 pm »

It looks like there are two dams in this spot and both must go over Sandy Creek East Branch. That's a bigger stream in this area from the looks of it.

I still see trees along the trail here so once grass is growing it will look pretty good I think. Actually looks like they did a really nice job smoothing out the slope, does anyone know if they changed the angle of the bank?

Thanks for sharing, looks like what the Canal folks said it would. It is a dam.
Posted by: Michael Caswell
« on: March 28, 2019, 12:03:06 pm »

By Jove!    I do believe she's got it!

At last - at last Ms Agte has seen the light!  She declares  - "IT LOOKS LIKE A DAM!"

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Elizabeth R. Agte
Looks like a dam.
3 Like More Yesterday at 9:55 PM

Well done!    Do you know why it looks like a dam Lizzy?  That's because it IS a dam!
Posted by: Doug K
« on: March 28, 2019, 10:58:33 am »

Here's a synopsis of the work being done in Holley, NY... thank you STCC for posting new photos

So the Embankment Section outlined in this STCC post would qualify under the latest National Dam Safety Program Act of 2006 as a Dam.

And in case you are wondering... this dam section holds back approximately 21 MILLION gallons of water... and it's on TWO side of the Erie Canal.

Here's the map of the section being discussed here...  notice the area to the south called Holley Falls... which is not natural as all... part of the Erie Canal waterway