Canal Clear Cut update

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Friday, October 12, 2018 - 5:16pm

The New York Power Authority and the New York State Canal Corp. announced Wednesday, October 10, 2018 that they will not be perfecting their appeal of the Supreme Court decision enjoining clearcutting on the Erie Canal pending State Environment Quality Review Act compliance.

The appeal is automatically dismissed today (October 12) under new Appellate Division rules if it is not perfected.

“They didn’t do the procedure correctly according to their own laws,” Perinton Town Supervisor Mike Barker said. “If they do (go forward with the work), at least there will be interaction with us and the citizens where people can have input. The process they used didn’t have any input, it was just pushing it through.”

About 145 acres in 56 locations along the canal from Medina to Pittsford were to be deforested in what the state described as overdue preventative maintenance aimed at stabilizing the structural integrity of elevated embankments on the waterway. The project was anticipated to cost $2.6 million.

Brighton, Perinton and Pittsford had sued to temporarily delay the project on grounds that the state improperly classified the work to avoid a more thorough environmental review than would have been required by law.

Mike McCarthy of the NYPA said his organization would be initiating a new canal embankment management program treating the matter as a SEQRA Type I action sometime before the end of the year.  He also said that there would be full outreach to all stakeholders (the Towns, community groups, etc.) and full transparency. 

Democrat and Chronicle Canal Clear Cut Report: https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2018/10/11/state-relents-controversial-erie-canal-tree-cutting-plan-now/1598502002/

Channel 8 Canal Clear Cut Report: https://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/video/clear-cutting_20181011211734/1...