Author Topic: Transition to Embankment Integrity Program was costly for Brighton, Pittsford, & Perinton  (Read 124 times)

Doug K

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Recently someone asked the ECNA how much the new Earthen Embankment Integrity Program (EEIP) could change the landscape along the Erie Canal over the original Embankment Restoration Project (ERP) that was slated for east of Rochester.

Of course the question was stated much differently... it was more like this:

"How much has the OPPOSITION of Brighton, Pittsford & Perinton (BP&P) to the Canal Safety Program cost it's residents?"

The answer is astounding...all gathered from the paperwork submitted so far by the Canal Corporation on it's State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) analysis. You see the issue is that the REMOVAL of BP&P from the original Project allowed the Canal Corporation to also RECONSIDER the original scope of the Embankment safety work and rethink how far it's safety program should extend.

They changed it quite a bit. Here's the original EERP Planned Work with the map of the areas affected and a table with total acreage affected



If you look at the numbers here's how these three villages broke down in the EERP plan

Brighton - 3.5 miles of Erie Canal passes through the Town and the original work would have affected 15 acres total
Pittsford - 4.5 miles of Canal pass through the Town & Village, the original work area was 13.5 acres
Perinton - 8.25 canal miles in the Town of Perinton & Fairport Village total, by far the most of any, and 16 acres were planned for work.

Here is what the new Embankment Integrity Program has for "proposed & potential" development land areas.. Maps and figures are from the released information on the Canal Corp Dam Integrity Website - http://www.canals.ny.gov/Earthen_Embankment/index.html



And here's a summary comparison of Affected Acreage by Town/Village between the Original & the Current Canal Embankment Repair Plans



That's right... there is an additional 1413 acres of ADJACENT canal land that has now fallen into the Public Safety Program known as EEIP in the Towns of Brighton, Pittsford & Perinton (including Villages of Pittsford & Fairport)

So put this into perspective... the Canal Embankment Dam clearing potential went from about 34 football fields to 1100 football fields
« Last Edit: October 13, 2019, 02:19:48 pm by Michael Caswell »

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Wow, 48 hours & 90 views of this post and not ONE COMMENT?

Is there no one in Perinton or Fairport that has a single thought or comment to the impact of this change on the landscape of the canal?

Is there no one in Brighton, Pittsford, Perinton or Fairport that is willing to say what most of us are thinking?

Ok, I guess someone from Brockport will have to say what most of you in these Towns & Villages seem to not want to say...

Elizabeth Agte, and her Stop the Canal Clear-cut Facebook Group have stopped nothing!

If anything, this group's continued ignorance of the Public Safety nightmare the Erie Canal has become, has backfired in their faces. As a result of her quest to keep trees ON the canal there is now 40 times more canal side property that will now be "reevaluated" for safety issues. What was once only 5 embankments that would be repaired in Brighton to Perinton, could now become 10X the amount of locations that get cleared for "safety's sake". In the old days this type of blunder would merit a "booby prize".

Now it has people shaking their heads, wishing the STCC and it's leaders would just go away quietly... they've done enough damage already.
« Last Edit: October 14, 2019, 09:13:44 pm by Michael Caswell »