Author Topic: STCC Leader Ginny Maier asks "What's wrong with the Erie Canal in Gaines"  (Read 53 times)

Doug K

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I guess Ms. Maier didn't get the memo about posting "Canal Repair Issues" in their Facebook Group...

Nor does she actually understand the basic idea that every time her group brings up emergency repairs, being made to the Erie Canal System, she's also reinforcing the claims being made by the OWNERS of the NYS Canal System, NYPA and NYS Canal Corporation.

That claim is spelled out in their Canal Integrity website, which says there are serious safety issues with embankments, trees, and lack of inspections along the Erie Canal System, that are creating hazardous conditions for the surrounding communities.

https://www.nyscanalintegrity.org/

But as many have figured out already about Ms. Maier, she isn't the "sharpest crayon in the box"




And yes, the ECNA does know "something about this" issue... the OWNERS of the NYS Canal System have raised yet another safety concern about their recreational property in Western NY, that will affect the public...and has communicated that to them.

The earthen embankment here was cleared, and the Canal Corporation found issues...that's what Embankment Maintenance is supposed to do:

1) Clear the invasive vegetation out of the way...

2) To allow proper earthen embankment inspections...

3) To uncover earthen dam safety issues EXACTLY like this one in Gaines Basin

The NYS Canal Corp announcement came out about this from the OWNERS of the Canal Property, the New York Power Authority, who DOES know a thing or two about managing impounded water... that's how hydropower is created folks




But a message like this one doesn't matter to the likes of Ms. Maier and her group on Facebook.

They have accused the Canal Corporation and NYPA of "fear-mongering" about Canal Embankment Safety, and they have called them "liars" more than once about their plans for improving Canal Integrity. No matter what is said about this repair or any other, Ms. Maier and her group will simply deny it's true, and say it's all a ruse to scare the public.

If Ms. Maier actually believed the message about "unsafe & leaking" canal embankments, that have now become unstable and need immediate repaired, she would have to rethink the group's "existence" and what they are standing for.

Or actually rethink what Ms. Maier is intent on standing against with her social media presence..

She and her group are AGAINST the repair of the 200+ leaks that are making the Canalway unstable.

She's AGAINST removing the trees and vegetation that is causing the leaking issues along the Canal.

She's even AGAINST having New York Power Authority manage the Canal System and Canal Corporation.

She wants the "old days" along the Erie Canal, when the Thruway Authority managed it.

And they didn't allow the canal to be inspected properly, they didn't allow the Canal Corp workers to do their jobs to "protect the integrity of the canal", and the Thruway folks would NEVER allow any discussion that said the Erie Canal System was unsafe.

It's the same "head in the sand" attitude that got us to a Canalway that is falling apart and has become a public safety nightmare.


So, if you see Ms Maier today...tell her to look HERE for the answer to her question...just like the rest of her group does

https://ecna.createaforum.com/notices-from-the-canal-authority/nys-canals-announces-routine-inspection-of-navigation-embankments-to-begin/

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And right on cue... the STCC "peanut gallery" chimes in with the same old, same old.


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And of course others in the group, like Rich Szweda & Kevin Gallagher, feel the need to chime in to the conversation with their best "guess" on what's going on. They don't care to take the time to research what they say, and probably wouldn't anyhow, because "they already know it all".



It seems that Mr. Gallagher likes to blame the embankment work for all "stability issues" with the Canal Trail, and thinks that people won't "fact-check" him on his bogus claims about the recent Royalton SINKHOLE having a blanket filter installed before it collapsed. It did not.

That Royalton sinkhole was located between the waterway, and the Erie Trail, had nothing to do with the embankment making up the outer embankment slope... see the video below if you don't believe me.

https://youtu.be/-5_-FpApNm8

 

And we also see Mr. Szweda trying to compare the 325 mile long Erie Canal to a "backyard pond", stating that a filter blanket is used there to mitigate particle migration.
He tried to type "filter blanket canal" in his Google Search but all that comes up is Embankment Dam references. Gee I wonder why?

I had NO PROBLEM seeing results from that same Google Search...and I also researched a couple


https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=696738


Of course this group won't admit this whole conversation is about earthen dams built for Canal Navigation, that would mean that NYS Dam Rules apply, as well as FEMA Guidelines. After all, there is a FEMA document for EVERYTHING related to Dam Safety, especially the "earthen type" as those tend to collapse more easily than dams made of cement.



https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/2020-08/filters_embankment_dams_update.pdf

If Mr. Szweda had just taken a moment to open one of those "dam links", he just might have learned something...like how wrong this Facebook Group is. Nah, that's just another case of wishful thinking"

FROM THE ECNA:

I can only say it so many times, before it gets old... be careful where you get your information from, regarding embankment safety along the Erie Canal. There are truly some twisted people out there, especially on social media sites, who can't tell the front of a donkey from the ass end.

Listening to sources like these, for Canal Embankment information, will only end up one way...

You will eventually figure out that you have been a bit "gormless", believing that a Facebook group knew more than the actual Owners of the NYS Canal System, who are responsible for it's upkeep and insuring it's safe for NYS Residents to use.
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