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It appears that the NYS Canal Corporation (NYSCC) is ruffling a few feathers with the release of their plans for a 21st Century Canal System and working under their new Leadership from the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

The new Revitalization Plan details many aspects of how the Canal Corporation will operate, but also better aligns the NYS Canal System with goals from both the State level as well as the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor group, who also is charged with Canal Corridor Oversight.

Here's a few excerpts from the first page of the Canal Revitalization Act Summary



https://www.canals.ny.gov/news/pressrel/2021/CANAL_REVITALIZATION_ACT_SUMMARY.pdf.



Now this change seems to be causing the issues with some local leaders, and other groups like Boat US, whose membership uses the Canal System for "looper" route.

The issue with some is the underlined sentence about "phasing out the Canal Recreationalway Commission (CRC).

Those who do not like this plan are creating a rhetoric that says New Yorkers are "losing" a valuable ENTITY that helps steer what gets done with the Canal System, and why. Those folks are also citing that the CRC group hasn't met in the past 4 years as they were supposed to, and that upsets them as well.

Sadly nothing of what these folks in opposition are insinuating, could be further from the truth.


First, understand that "common sense" tells us that a group that hasn't met in 4 years most likely is not adding any value to the NYS Canal System. It might be a good idea to understand why their help wasn't needed, before people start to say they are necessary for the "survival" of the Canal System.

Some  in the Rochester area have stated that the CRC is an "existential" part of the Erie Canal, which is simply untrue.


Here's the Canal Corporation webpage on the Recreationalway Commission


https://www.canals.ny.gov/news/crc/index.html



Plainly this webpage is stating that the work of this group, having formed a plan 25 years ago, is now complete.

And the history of the CRC is not that great when you look at some of the past Meeting Minutes posted on the NYS website, that show that much of it's membership really doesn't make "policy" changes, they are more about steering.

In fact, when faced with having to comply with State Regulations regarding ethical conduct and transparency, members of the Commission would rather resign, than have to face increased scrutiny.





So why wasn't this Commission needed, isn't that the REAL question?

The answer to that is very simple, the CRC has been supplanted by another commission, a strategy group that is operating at the Federal Level, and also comes with FUNDING. It is called the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor (ECNHC) Commission and was put in place by an act of US. Congress.



This new oversight commission from the ECNHC has a website dedicated to the Erie Canal, and also has a Preservation Plan, as well as information on it's Leadership. You can read more about those on the webpages below, which will show that the NEW group has been very active and understands the issues and challenges facing the Canal System today.

https://eriecanalway.org/resources/preserve-plan

https://eriecanalway.org/leadership

https://ecna.createaforum.com/the-stop-the-clearcut-argument/pittsford-mayor-corby-tries-to-rally-facebook-group-with-more-fake-news/msg1413/?topicseen#msg1413

And digging a little deeper I also found the ECNHC Commission Group Charter, which has aligned this newer commission with the original CRC since it was formed in 2000. After all, the new National Historical Commission is part of NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, the same people that oversee Yosemite, Zion and other National Treasures.




https://www.nps.gov/policy/operating/ErieCanal.pdf

So for those who are objecting to the new Canal System Revitalization Act, because of claims that New Yorkers will suffer, along with the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor, rest assured that the Erie Canal is being taken care of, has the needed oversight, and nothing more is going on than an elimination of "redundant" management.

Of course those same people may not like the change, any change is hard and many people are reticent about "new things" being adopted. But most likely these people won't want to see this change for what it is, elimination of duplicated efforts, and reduction of "micro-management".

After all, aren't these folks trying to micro-manage the Legislation of our State Government by objecting to what will be VOTED on and approved as part of this Revitalization Act by our State Government?

Something to consider...
« Last Edit: March 03, 2021, 08:42:19 am by Doug K »

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Read more about this Revitalization Act on our Main Website, we have a few recent news stories linked there on this topic. One from Albany, the other from Buffalo, and they are quite different.


https://ecna.us/reimagine-the-canals/nys-canal-revitalization-act-rebuilding-the-erie-canal-better-but-skeptics-emerge/