Author Topic: Dams in NY State are a Danger, words from the NY State Canal Corporation, sadly still no action  (Read 34 times)

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The NYS Canal Corporation Senior Director for Public Engagement reached out to the ECNA a few days ago and brought our attention to a recent Times Union article on the state of Dam Safety in New York State. It states pretty much along the same line of what the Canal Corporation has been saying about their 125+ miles of earthen embankments.. overgrown, not properly maintained or inspected.

You can use the link provided to read about it, it's not a great picture of community safety and has a few recent floods across the state highlighted. Makes you wonder where the Erie Canal Earthen Dams fall on the spectrum of safety.

Some of those past NY floods were the result of dams owned by the New York Power Authority, and it appears that the article also references that many dams fall under jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Those dams sometimes get a "pass"... by NYS DEC folks, as they are basically owned and used by "Power Companies" for the good of New York State.

It's a good article to read but unsure why the Canal Corporation would point at such an obvious flaw in their Embankment Integrity Program.

After all, the NYS Canal Corporation and NYPA raised the RED FLAG on Canal Safety with their Embankment Integrity Program in 2018.

And they are still watching their own embankments decay & fail, while they try to figure out how to stop "talking about Dam Safety" and start actually REPAIRING their unsafe embankment problem.

It appears that ALL WORK on Canal Safety has been halted by a social media Facebook group who decided that public safety wasn't as important as "saving the environment", and conveniently changed the subject... leaving the NYS Canal Corporation looking for answers.

Let's hope they figure out how to move forward with their Canal Integrity work before we are reading a news article about an Erie Canal Community being devastated by a "preventable flood"