Author Topic: We have a new DAM Engineer  (Read 13 times)

Michael Caswell

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We have a new DAM Engineer
« on: August 31, 2021, 11:23:58 am »
Canal leak examined by expert dam engineer.

A damming rebuke of the Canal  Corporation.

In July 2021, I examined the site of the Perinton emergency. The cattails remain and water continues to flow from the seep. This is clear evidence that the CC does not understand how the embankments currently function nor how to distinguish between canal leakage and other sources of water near the embankments.

This was part of a letter written to the Perinton Town Supervisor, and posted on the STCC Facebook page Aug 30 2021 9.17am

And the name of this expert?

Wow!  It's none other than Virginia Borden Maier!  The biology teacher and STCC activist!  I'm puzzled how this 'examination' by someone so poorly qualified as 'Ginny' can be taken seriously, when so many NYPA employees who have undertaken the Perinton situation, have all sorts of degrees and paperwork qualifications on Dam Engineering.

Really?  Yes Really!

David Mellen
Accomplished leader with years of operational and engineering experience including design, construction, and maintenance; advanced degree in construction engineering and management; licensed Professional Engineer, State of New York

Adjunct Professor State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry

Aug 2017 - Dec 2019 2 years 5 months Syracuse, New York Area

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Here are many other 'top brass' members who, according to the STCC, don't know what they are doing.

Now!  Who would you rather believe. a beekeeper (who thinks Japanese Knotweed is a useful plant) and a biology teacher (and not a very good one according to her students) or these folks?

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Doug K

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Re: We have a new DAM Engineer
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2021, 03:33:33 pm »
Engineering credentials do not seem to matter to this Facebook group. They do not think Dave Mellen is an expert on anything, except not listening to their crazy logic.

It's about the same for any other evidence or facts that support vegetation removal on Embankment Dams, those facts & truth about Canal Embankments are "all wrong" they say. Of course they have no experts to support their outlandish claims, unless you count a beekeeper, and a biology teacher as "Embankment Dam Experts.

Of course they should be correcting their members who STILL won't believe the words Unsafe or Embankment Dams if they were actually experts... because the replies to that "dam inspector report" from Ms. Maier are comical.

For the last's what has been stated by the Canal Corporation:

For a total of approximately 125 miles of its 524-mile length, the Canal runs through built earthen embankments. These embankment structures exist at many non-continuous points along the Canal, but the concentration of high hazard large embankments is located between Lockport in Niagara County and Lyons in Wayne County (shorter stretches of high hazard embankments are found elsewhere). “High hazard” means that failure would likely result in, among other things, loss of life or widespread economic impact.

This is what Wikiworld has to say about Earthen Embankments:

Here's a great course on understanding Earthen Embankment Dams that even a 10 year old will comprehend:

Please, all of you in the Stop the Canal Clear-cut Group---> take a moment to at least understand what an EARTHEN EMBANKMENT is.. it's a Dam, holding back water, and these raised one along the Erie Canal are unsafe. You can refuse to accept the public safety aspect if you want, at your own peril, but you can't deny that these canal embankments are DAMS!

Well I guess you can, if you want to look totally absurd.

Go read the truth about what makes a dam!01-home

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