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Is it an Embankment, a Dam, a Levee, a Ditch or Dike?

If you check your favorite dictionary, you’ll find a tremendous overlap in the terminology, so here we’ll define the different aspects for the sake of this discussion. A DAM is a length of the canal where one side is constructed to contain the water over a low level area.  You could call it an embankment or an...

The Embankment Dam Phreatic Line – Where the water goes.

Earthen Embankment Dams are made to hold back water.. but only to a point.

It's a well known fact that ALL earthen dams leak to some extent. There is a well defined line of saturated earth that runs from inside the dam at the edge of the water to the outside of the dam, at the...

Canal Embankment Integrity Program Delivers a Safer NY State Canal

NYS Canal Earthen Embankment Integrity Program will fix structural issues along the canal's many raised embankments...

It's not hard to imagine that trees fall or get blown over in NY State.

Most times it's a simple cleanup, but not when it happens to trees on Earthen Dams that line the...

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