Author Topic: New York State Canal System Closure, What's it all about?  (Read 5 times)

Doug K

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In the age of Corona Virus Confinement and the fact that people suddenly have lost their sense of what "Public Safety" is all about, it appears that the Battle along the NYS Barge Canal System continues... now it's about closure.

Here's a newspaper story about the continued closure of the Canal after the NY State Canal Corporation announced they will not open until safety maintenance & repairs can be made to key canal system structures. Those repairs were halted when the State Governor announced the NY PAUSE Program and labelled what would be called Essential & Non-Essential Business & Work.

People seem to disagree on those two terms now...and people also seem to disagree when Public SAFETY is put ahead of all other reasons for a closed canal.




https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/With-repairs-halted-amid-pandemic-canal-system-15216407.php







Whether anyone agrees or not, whether the like it or not, or whether they will accept it or not, the New York Power Authority now OWNS the NYS Canal System. They are now responsible for public safety & safe canal operations. The NY Power Authority (NYPA) has never been known to cut corners on safety in the past, they will not be doing that now...especially with the recent canal inspection reports that paint a dire picture on the condition of the entire 100 year old canal system.

NYPA decided to insure the Safety of their workers, and the Safety of the PUBLIC in making their decision to not re-water the canal until annual maintenance is done...and that include the 10 year cycle on Lock Repairs.

NYPA decided it was time to clean off 125 miles of unsafe, tree covered, earthen embankment dams and created their Embankment Integrity Program

NYPA seems to be the only party in this state that is concerned about the safety of the public & neighbors along the New York State Canal System

And they have to do it in a public atmosphere that has now decided that safety, even in a pandemic, isn't worth as much as human lives, fishing and the short NY Boating season... not to mention a public Facebook group that is opposing the repair of those 125 miles of unsafe earthen dams.


When did insuring public safety become a point for debate?


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For those of you who don't think safety is an issue with water being contained behind locks, earthen dams and the like...quite sure these folks all thought that too.



https://youtu.be/QhWrMcKllfM



https://youtu.be/PcCoYI2qpHk


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