Author Topic: Dam Remediation Requirements - Vegetation Free Zone Explained  (Read 44 times)

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For those of you who want to understand specifics on the Erie Canal Vegetation/Remediation Project, here's an overview of what is trying to be accomplished by the removal of large woody vegetation.

The NY Canal Corporation has guidelines already set regarding exactly what has to be accomplished to make an Embankment Dam safe. It's not up for debate, it's just one of the many rules they need to follow, very much like driving a car and having to stop for Red Lights & Stop Signs. The main goal, if you will, is to enable a Vegetation-Free Zone around all critical areas of a Dam. The reasons are varied and well described in three main Guidelines being used.

US Army Corps of Engineers - ETL_1110-2-583 Vegetation Guidelines

FEMA-L534 Tech Manual For Dam Owners

FEMA-L263 Plant Impact on Dams

In essence they are following the guidelines spelled out that clear all areas for proper Inspection, Maintenance, and even allowing helicopter access overhead if needed for emergencies. Please review the pictures for more detail and a simple overview.


These SAME principles are followed by NY Dept of Environmental Conservation as well.

It is simply a matter of making the Erie Canal LOOK like these pictures, which is fundamental to insure the Embankment Dams remain safe.

Also included is a 5 Year Remediation Plan,note how it looks similar to what has been proposed by the NYCC, it's not a question decisions by anyone or any group, the RULES already are available, it's simply a matter of implementation. Anyone proposing a different strategy is failing to understand or accept WELL ESTABLISHED METHODS for performing this type of work.

« Last Edit: June 26, 2018, 02:09:50 pm by Doug K »

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