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The most dangerous Erie Canal Dams are hiding in plain sight

With the NY Canal Corporation's Earthen Embankment Integrity Program entering it's third year it's become apparent to many canal neighbors that the work making these embankment safer is still continuing.

There is an Embankment Dam Clearing Guidebook under development by New York Power Authority (NYPA) & New York Canal Corporation (NYCC), that will spell out...

Why is the Erie Canal closed for the winter?

Actually the NYS Canal System never fully closes.

While many sections may be drained, dewatering is the official term, large portions of the canal remain full or near full. The canal is really open 24/7, 365 days per year. about half the time it's open for navigation, the other half is closed for repairs. Many have...

Embankment Dam Piping & Seepage – Viewpoint of an Expert

[highlight]¬†Earthen Dams all Leak... that is a well established fact.[/highlight]   The number one issue with earthen dams has always been keeping water inside them. Because of the materials used in earthen embankment design & construction, mainly natural earthen materials of various types, these type embankment dams become prone to over-saturation at some point... and then they...

Erie Canal Maintenance & Repairs

It's important to know that there have been many leaks and subsequently large repairs made to The Erie Canal over the years. The Canal Corporation has had a continual battle with keeping the water where it is supposed to be, as you will see from these links to  news articles and and broadcasts. Leaks are found...

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