Author Topic: What did Stop the Canal Clear-cut accomplish for Brighton, Pittsford & Perinton Residents?  (Read 22 times)

Doug K

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Recently someone asked the ECNA how much the new Earthen Embankment Integrity Program (EEIP) could change the landscape along the Erie Canal over the original Embankment Restoration Project (ERP). Of course the question was stated much differently... it was more like this

"How much has the STCC's OPPOSITION in Brighton, Pittsford & Perinton (BP&P) to the Erie Canal Safety Program cost it's residents?"

The answer is astounding...all gathered from the paperwork submitted so far by the Canal Corporation on it's State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) analysis. You see the issue is that the REMOVAL of BP&P from the original Project allowed the Canal Corporation to also RECONSIDER the original scope of the Embankment safety work and rethink how far it's safety program should extend.

They changed it quite a bit. Here's the original EERP Planned Work with the map of the areas affected and a table with total acreage affected

If you look at the numbers here's how these three villages broke down in the EERP plan

Brighton - 3.5 miles of Erie Canal passes through the Town and the original work would have affected 15 acres total
Pittsford - 4.5 miles of Canal pass through the Town & Village, the original work area was 13.5 acres
Perinton - 8.25 canal miles in the Town of Perinton & Village of Fairport total, by far the most of any Town, and 16 acres were affected

Here is what the new Embankment Integrity Program has for "proposed & potential" development land areas.. Maps and figures are from the released information on the Canal Corp Dam Integrity Website -

And here's a summary comparison of Affected Acreage by Town/Village between the Original & the Current Canal Embankment Repair Plans

That's right... there is an additional 1413 acres of ADJACENT canal land that has now fallen into the new Canal Public Safety Program known as EEIP in the Towns of Brighton, Pittsford & Perinton (including Villages of Pittsford & Fairport)

And who can residents thank for this extra attention to safety?

There is a group that is responsible for this increase in potentially cleared embankments, they can be thanked for insuring public safety is first & foremost in Brighton, Pittsford & Perinton. Who is that group you ask? It's Facebook's Stop the Canal Clear-Cut (STCC) led by Fairport's own... Ms. Agte, Ms. Maier & Ms. Gouldthorpe & Ms. Meuwissen

Next time you see these concerned citizens be sure to thank them for talking your Brighton, Pittsford & Perinton Town Leaders into bringing the NYS Canal Embankment Safety Project to Court and having the original work stopped in 2018. This canal safety work could have been done by now for you all, but it's apparent that it's only just begun. Residents may want to rethink their votes in the upcoming Town & Village elections. While they are doing that the same residents may also want to rethink who they choose to speak for them with the NYS Canal Corporation.

The STCC Leaders certainly should not be speaking on behalf of the residents in Towns & Villages of eastern Monroe County. What's happened so far, using the STCC rhetoric of ignoring safety to keep "shade" appears to have had unforeseen consequences and unintended results.

After all, shade falling on someone may not kill them, but the dangerous tree creating that shade falling on them just might do the trick.

The folks... the numbers don't lie. There are 1000 more football fields worth of potential canal embankment repairs on the slate for eastern Monroe County. Surely the Stop the Canal Clear-cut group wasn't trying to ADD more trees to be cut down, but they sure did a great job accomplishing that very feat.

« Last Edit: October 12, 2019, 12:12:20 pm by Michael Caswell »

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