Author Topic: NYS Canals Announces Routine Inspection of Navigation Embankments to Begin  (Read 114 times)

Doug K

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This NYS Canal Corporation announcement came out today.

It's to let the general public know that NYS workers and partners, will be inspecting their Earthen Embankment Dams (used to retain water for channel navigation) starting TOMORROW, March 28, 2022.

If the Empire Trail traffic is affected in a municipality, they will be notified of detours or closures.

And it is notable that the NYS Canal Corporation specifically stated that this activity is NOT PART of their ongoing Earthen Embankment Integrity Program, or EEIP as it's known as. That EEIP Manual & Program are still pending release this year.




https://www.canals.ny.gov/news/pressrel/2022/2022.03.25-Canals-Western-Embankment-Survey-and-Boring-Work-Press-Release.pdf


Apparently something is driving this new Dam Inspection activity, though some folks on a Facebook group opposing Embankment Maintenance, will say it's the EEIP work being disguised.

Our guess at the ECNA is that the NYS Canal Corporation is hopeful, by stating this work is NOT EEIP related, their Canal Inspection workers will be allowed to perform their Dam Inspections, without being harassed by any local social media group members.



So what's driving this routine inspection, if it's NOT the Earthen Embankment Program?

That's simple, the same thing that has always been driving increased safety-related work along the Erie Canal since 2015.

It's the watchful eye of the New York State Comptroller's Office, and the increasing pressure from TWO past SAFETY Reports that say the Erie Canal has become a DANGER to NY residents (2015), and more recently, a report on the general Dam Safety Issues in NY State (2018)


Here's what prompted all of the recent safety work along the Erie Canal



https://www.osc.state.ny.us/press/releases/2015/05/dinapoli-canal-corp-must-address-gaps?redirect=legacy

https://www.osc.state.ny.us/files/audits/2017-12/sga-2015-14s45.pdf

Think of it...a 100 year old Canal System, made up of a series of Earthen Embankment Navigation Dams, that stretches 125+ miles across our State, and over 30% have NEVER received proper NYS Dam Inspections.


Here's what prompted all of the recent NYS Dam Inspections, again from the NYS Comptroller




https://www.osc.state.ny.us/press/releases/2018/06/state-comptroller-dinapoli-360m-needed-repair-local-dams

https://www.osc.state.ny.us/files/local-government/publications/pdf/dam-infrastucture-2018.pdf#search=%20dam%20safety


So there's the FACTS & TRUTH behind why NYS Canal workers will be performing the jobs they were asked to do, these next few months west of Rochester.

These Canal Employees all work hard to help keep NYS Residents safe... give them a break if you see them, let them do their jobs please.

They are only trying to save our lives... And they are also trying save the Erie Canal from ruin in the process
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And this was very predictable, from the last announced Embankment Inspection exercise.

And it didn't take the folks in the Canal Corporation very long to find yet another safety issue along these earthen Navigation Dams, that will result in another need to repair. Another of the many leaks along this section of the Erie Canal System has been found west of Rochester.

Today, the NYS Canal Corporation announced that recent inspection of Earthen Embankments in Orleans County revealed issue with leakage that needs immediate repairs. The trail will be closed, Residents are warned about Canal Work in the area of Eagle Harbor & Gaines Basin.



file:///C:/Users/Kumo/Desktop/20220401-Canal-Embankment-Repair-Gaines_220401_120735.pdf


Here's the affected Erie Canal Trail section, 1.8 miles long, and it will be CLOSED for REPAIRS starting next week.




When the Canal Corporation started their Canal Integrity work in 2017 they had only 27 known canal leaks that were being monitored. Todays' announcement stated they are now watching over 200 leaks.

And they still have to clear hundreds of miles of their overgrown canal embankments on both the North and South sides of the waterway.

Perhaps it's time to start a contest... Guess the TOTAL NUMBER of Erie Canal Leaks that will be uncovered with their new focus & emphasis on Erie Canal Embankment Integrity & Safety
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And this was almost predictable, a social media group, on Facebook, is now claiming that the NYS Canal Corporation is causing all of the Embankment Instability issues themselves.

They say is because of all the heavy equipment on the canal trail during the Embankment Maintenance process


https://ecna.createaforum.com/the-stop-the-clearcut-argument/can-using-a-social-media-website-make-you-stupid-the-data-says-yes!/msg2115/?topicseen#msg2115

And one of the founders of this Facebook group wants answers

https://ecna.createaforum.com/the-stop-the-clearcut-argument/stcc-leader-ginny-maier-asks-'what's-wrong-with-the-erie-canal-in-gaines'/msg2101/#msg2101

Even worse,  the other founder of this group is demanding that she, and her group, are allowed a "tour" of the unstable embankment,  maybe because they refuse to take the word of the Canal Corporation that there are issues that need to be fixed.

Even though the Canal Corporation labeled it an active work zone, and closed the Trail... due to the nature of the work being done there.

Again..this group, and its founders are accusing the Canal Corporation of a "self-made" emergency repair with this Gaines Basin repair announcement.

Not sure why, it sounds like more of the groups continued denial of the current hazardous state of the NYS Canal System,  but who am I to say, just an innocent bystander...who could be drowned by a canal breach


https://ecna.createaforum.com/the-stop-the-clearcut-argument/why-does-elizabeth-agte-thinks-she-should-be-allowed-to-tour-active-embankment-w/msg2117/?topicseen#msg2117

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Just a hunch...and you can find these pictures on the NYS Canal Corporation's Website for Canal Integrity.

https://www.nyscanalintegrity.org/

This is the most likely site of this latest Erie Canal Embankment Stabilization work, to reconstruct the outboard dam slope, adding a filter blanket of materials, to slow the leakage detected back in 2020. It was an issue back in 2020, and apparently has worsened throughout 2021.




Stay tuned for some new pictures of the cleared embankment between Gaines Basin and Eagle Harbor Road.

And we may have some construction images soon, from the embankment repair work that is being done in this canal section to make it safe enough get water back in by April 22. We are sure it will be on the list for monitoring thought the 2022 navigation season, all fresh dam repair work normally is.

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We were wrong about the Royalton images, the embankment filter blanket repair at Eagle Harbor / Gaines Basin is in the Town of Gaines, NY

That's the home of Childs and the Cobblestone Church & Schoolhouse, and the Olde Village Inn, that is looking for a new owner to open this landmark restaurant.

You can see current images from the TWO Canal work zones in this area here:


https://ecna.createaforum.com/notices-from-the-canal-authority/scenes-from-embankment-stabilization-work-in-eagle-harbor-gaines-basin/msg2140/#msg2140