Author Topic: The canal is empty - and STCC has answers!  (Read 46 times)

Doug K

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Words of Wisdom from the ECNA about canal water height in the winter... Stop complaining if you have water, unless it's about your safety.

Many people have no water and can walk on the BOTTOM of the Canal in Western NY at this time of the season. The canal leaks, always, and so without a water source it will eventually empty in many places.

Here's what Medina area Canal looks like at Culvert Rd... empty.



Here's the Canal in Holley, right near Holley Falls, the "seasonal" canal waterfall in that Village. It is also empty.

Hard to believe that some people STILL have a one-dimensional view about the NYS Barge Canal despite all evidence to the contrary. While Medina & Holley have an empty canal, there are sections of canal near Utica that are in the midst of canal seasonal flooding.  It's 500+ miles of canal waterway, some connected to lakes, some are co-joined with rivers. It's a big complex system. it has 27 miles of Safe Embankments and 100 miles of Unsafe Dams that still need clearing.

Just because something happens in Fairport doesn't mean it's gospel for the entire waterway, though some might disagree there.

Out in Brockport the day the water "dropped 5'" we saw nothing happen, well except that a group called the Stop the Canal Clear-Cut couldn't figure out what's right for water levels, and what's normal for the Erie Canal in their own backyard, and had to ask the ECNA to help them out.

Thank you Mike...