Author Topic: Posted to Fairport Nextdoor  (Read 21 times)

Michael Caswell

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Posted to Fairport Nextdoor
« on: June 04, 2019, 07:51:54 am »
Burrowing animal removal on the canal embankments

Our unsafe Fairport canal dams have been removed from the initial clearing schedule as a result of protests from a group of residents that is trying to prevent them from being properly rehabilitated.  see - Erie Canal Embankment Rehabilitation Program (ERP).

A very serious problem has been detected in our area, there are many animal burrows on the Canal Embankments in Perinton.

 Unfortunately, the halting of vegetation removal has exacerbated the problem of inspections simply because of the dense overgrowth. Many more burrows have yet to be uncovered.

Animal burrows on a dam are an engineers worst nightmare. And there is no such thing as a "tree-covered" earthen dam that is considered safe, anyone proposing anything different is simply ignoring public safety as well as all of the scientific data available.

Do we want to wait until an animal burrow becomes a leak, then a breach and finally a flood that ruins our lives?

This same group is now suggesting the Canal Corporation is using poisons to kill woodchucks and setting traps. They also imply other animals, and our pets, could be hurt.

There are some very strict NYDEC rules regarding trapping and dispatching burrowing animals like woodchucks and muskrats, and I am sure the NYPA is well aware of the procedures required.

For example - Relocating an Animal

It is illegal for you to move or relocate an animal from your property. You cannot live trap an animal and release it in a park, on State land or anywhere other than on the property where it was captured.

Relocating an animal can create problems for neighbors, can move diseases like rabies or Lyme, and can cause unnecessary stress to the animal. This task must be handled by a licensed professional.
If you need a wild animal removed from your property, contact a Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator (NWCO)

The Canal Corporation has told me that they will shortly be issuing a statement regarding the problems with animal burrows and their approach, so I am suggesting that residents ignore the rhetoric from this group and just wait for the CC announcement.

As soon as I know anything, I will post it here.

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Re: Posted to Fairport Nextdoor
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2019, 09:56:07 am »
Well the ECNA has posted warnings to Fairport's Nextdoor App .. and the PUBLIC in Fairport has answered. Seems not everyone in Fairport is "crazy" enough top fall for the lies & mis-information that has permeated the STCC group's birthplace.

And yes there is MORE folks... just read.

It is also come to the attention that there is "Trouble in Paradise" for the small group of members who still listen to the STCC Leadership's Rhetoric of "Bad Canal Corp... Good STCC". Seems like a bit of infighting going on within the ranks of the Stop the Canal Clearcut Cult