Category Archives: Environmental Concerns

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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...

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...

100% Renewable source electricity law for New York.

Spotted today on

The referenced Article 75—the Climate Change article of ECL that was added by the same enactment—includes Section 75-0107, “Statewide greenhouse gas limits.” It calls for these emissions in 2030 to be 60% of 1990 levels, and in 2050, 15% of 1990 levels. The law’s preamble has an aspirational goal of a...

Weeds – or shrubs and flowering bushes?

My study of plants along the Fairport area of the canal has  shown me there are mainly illegal or prohibited weeds growing on the embankment slopes. The DEC has issued a web page for these species in NY.

NY DEC Invasive Plants