Brouk Announces Extension of Public Comment Period for Erie Canal Management Project

Extended Public Input Period Provides Additional Opportunity to Register Comments That Will Help Establish Protocols for Future Work Along Canal System; Community Information Sessions to be Held in September

ROCHESTER, NY - Today, Senator Samra G. Brouk announces that the Canal Corporation has extended the public comment period on the Earthen Embankment Integrity Program, published in response to opposition to clear cutting along the Erie Canal, to October 15, 2021. 

“I am relieved that the Canal Corporation made the decision to hold additional information sessions and extend the public comment period on its Embankment Integrity Program and plans to cut back trees and vegetation along the Erie Canal,” said Senator Brouk. “Canal Corporation leadership is listening to the voices of our community and my personal requests to rethink its strategy regarding tree and vegetation maintenance along the Erie Canal. My office has been working tirelessly over the last month to uplift the voices of residents who are dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of our community. I look forward to hearing more details about Canal Corp’s maintenance plans and creating a better framework for community input on specific projects.”

Senator Brouk has stood with community members opposing the clear-cutting of trees along the Erie Canal, and has facilitated greater dialogue between residents, business owners and the Canal Corporation. 

Members of the public wishing to register a comment may do so by emailing NYSCC-Embankments@bergmannpc.com.

In addition, community members and stakeholders may learn more about the Earthen Embankment Integrity Program by attending one of the following informational sessions:

Monday, September 20, 2021                                   Tuesday, September 21, 2021
11:00 am and 6:30 pm                                                  11:00 am and 6:30 pm
Town of Perinton Community Center               Town of Perinton Community Center
1350 Turk Hill Road                                                    1350 Turk Hill Road
Fairport, NY 14450                                        Fairport, NY 14450

Community members may also register to participate in virtual sessions to be hosted at 11:00 am and 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 30, 2021, by emailing: public.info@canals.ny.gov.