Author Topic: Does the Stop The Canal Clearcut leadership listen to their own Members?  (Read 113 times)

Michael Caswell

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What's all this fuss about SHADE?

I've been pondering this problem just lately, because I've noticed we get a lot of sun on our stretch of the Erie Canal. You can see the shade on the trail opposite my house almost any time through my live web camera.

It's important to note that this part of the canal is running north to south, and my camera is pointed south. So after mid-day the sun starts to descend over the trees on the embankment, gradually casting shadows over the trail.
What I've noticed is that there is hardly any shade on this embankment dam trail until about 2.30pm, and by 4pm it's pretty much shaded. The rest of the canal, running east to west, has all the trees scheduled for removal on the NORTH side, so most of the trails are in FULL SUN most of the day. There may be exceptions to this where trees on the southern banks are casting shadows over the canal to the trail, but its unlikely these will be removed, even though there are new projects afoot for all sides of the canal.

With the vegetation removed, this trail will be in full sun from 2.30pm onward. On a sunny day in mid summer, I would estimate it to be pretty hot, EXCEPT that now, there will be a breeze coming up the canal embankment, something that can't be felt at present because of the trees.

Now lets look at the sunny days we have in the Rochester area.

Place    Sunny Days    Partly Sunny Days    Total Days With Sun
Rochester     61                      104                          165

Can we assume that from October through to end of April, most folks will be glad of sunshine so won't mind if there is no shade during this time?
What we are therefore talking about are the late spring and summer months May through September. 5 months which averages out to a total of 68 days with sun in the summer.

As the only area where folks are saying 'shade is cool' that really has shade now and will lose it shortly when the Canal Corp implements the next stage of their Embankment Integrity Program is from Bushnell's Basin to Fairport, and that the shade in question is only from about 3pm onward for 68 days a year, can I suggest that folks who think it's too hot etc. should not use this section of the trail during these times, but look for one of the other many trails in our famous TRAIL TOWN.

But, let's think positive here. The Bushnell's Basin- Fairport Embankment dam will be a fantastic place to visit to see the extensive views across the Irondequoit valley on cloudy days in the summer - there will be more of them too!  In the sunny evenings, I can imagine dozens of folks coming to The Oxbow to see the sunsets. At the moment, the trees really hinder that view. Don't forget to look at my web cam for the sunsets!

Perhaps folks would like to recommend other trails in the town with shade after 3pm?

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