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Michael Caswell

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NY Erie Canal EXPERT expresses his opinion!
« on: October 21, 2021, 07:53:24 am »
Thomas Grasso, President Emeritus, Canal Society of New York State, writes this:

And another version here:

Mr Grasso also recently wrote to us, expressing support for our comments regarding Mr Adam Bello's recent email to the NYS Canal Corporation and New York Power.

And he also supplied these photos of our canal embankments from many years ago, and some more modern canals in Europe.

There is a distinct lack of trees, and any other invasive vegetation, on these canal embankments.

Lets hope some of our politicians can see that there re only a very few people who think trees are a good idea on an embankment dam.

The first 2 pictures:  from pre-Barge Canal Construction – I think you will notice lack of trees in these c. 1850’s or earlier embankments
–Kings Bend is where old canal swung N toward French Rd and on to downtown Rochester

Third photo is the Main Danube Canal north of Nuremberg, Bavaria –canal was completed c1993
–Mr. Grasso took the image in c. 2008

Fourth picture is the Great Embankment from c2000

Final picture – looking south to Furth—Main-Danube Canal

« Last Edit: October 30, 2021, 04:52:37 pm by Doug K »

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Re: Erie Canal EXPERT expresses his opinion!
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2021, 12:54:19 pm »
And the sixth image, do you know what earthen dam that is?

It is the Brockport East Dam, running about 1.2 miles east, from the Park Avenue Lift Bridge. It ranges in height between 7' to 27', and has been fully cleared, re-sloped replanted with grass, and has barrier vegetation planted, all part of the promised EERP Restoration process.

The stone section is standard protection for a dive culvert located there, that runs under the Erie Canal. Culvert number 57 I believe.

It looks much better than the ragged mess it used to be, most people agree, though some minor issues with dam refurbishment that are still being worked through of course.

« Last Edit: October 25, 2021, 01:03:39 pm by Doug K »