Erie Canal

David Andreatta/CITY Newspaper

The Erie Canal in the Rochester region is now being watered and should be full and ready for limited recreational use next week, a state Canal Corporation spokesperson said Friday.

“That valves have been opened and over the next couple of days you will start to see the water rise and fill to its normal summer navigation level,” the spokesperson, Shane Mahar, said. “If someone wanted to go out and row or kayak or take their small boat out, the water will be there for their use.”

Erie Canal summer recreation is up in the air

Apr 27, 2020
David Andreatta / CITY Newspaper

The Erie Canal will stay shallow and closed to boaters and recreational users beyond May 15, the date the state Canal Corp. had set for opening the waterway for through navigation.

No new date has been set, but a statement issued by the Canal Corp. to mariners said the agency is considering opening certain portions of the canal “on a regional basis” this boating season.

National Park Service

Common Ground Health, a Rochester nonprofit, has begun a study to understand who is using the local portion of the Erie Canalway Trail and how to make that group more diverse.

Benjamin Woelk, who’s running the study for Common Ground Health, said he suspects that current trail users are largely white and have above-average incomes, even though the trail runs right past some of Rochester’s poorest ZIP codes.

Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

State funds have been approved as part of a $300 million effort to expand tourism and economic efforts along the Erie Canal.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the New York Power Authority Board of Trustees has authorized a five year plan for the Reimagine the Canals Initiative.

Cuomo talked about that in his recent State of the State message.  The Power Authority Board also approved $30 million for projects this year which include The Brockport. 

Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo is unveiling a $300 million plan to “reimagine” the Erie Canal by creating recreational activities to boost tourism, mitigate flooding, enhance irrigation and recreational fishing and restore wetlands.

It’s part of Cuomo’s upcoming State of the State address and the governor is recommending the New York Power Authority Board, which oversees the Canal Corporation, approve the $300 million investment over the next five years.

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The newest in the fleet of tugboats on the Erie Canal was christened Friday in honor of women’s suffrage leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

In the 19th century, the canal was like the interstate highway of the day. It was frequently the path traveled between Seneca Falls and Rochester as Cady Stanton and her fellow suffragists coordinated their campaign for women’s rights.

At Friday morning's dedication at Corn Hill Landing in Rochester, Cady Stanton's great-great-granddaughter, Coline Jenkins, said tugboats are a metaphor for the life's work of her historic ancestor.

NYS Canal Corp.

The New York Power Authority and the New York State Canal Corporation say they will not appeal  a  court decision that halted a controversial program that involved the clear-cutting of trees along the embankment of the Erie Canal.

Instead, state officials say they will move forward with a comprehensive environmental review of the program across the entire canal system, not just the towns that took legal action which include Brighton, Perinton and Pittsord.

We talk with the winners of the Reimagine the Canals Competition, a $2.5 million contest aimed at transforming the Erie Canal into a hub for economic activity, recreation, and tourism.

We discuss the winning projects and what the developers hope for the future of the Erie Canal. In studio:


The winners of the "Reimagine the Canals" Competition were announced Wednesday.

The contest sought the best ideas to spur economic development along the canal corridor, as well as boost tourism and recreation spending

The first winning entry seeks to build pocket neighborhoods along the canal, with homes surrounding a common green space with direct access to the canal.

NYS Canal System turns 100

May 10, 2018
Tianna Manon

15 years on the Erie Canal? Try 100.

The New York State Canal System is officially 100 years old and the Canal Society of New York and the State Canal Corporation celebrated the big day on Thursday with a ceremony, inviting a Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, unveiling the plaque listing the canals as a national landmark and opening one of the locks.