An Update from Supervisor Ciaran Hanna: Town of Perinton Submits Comments on New York State Canal Corporation (NYSCC) Earthen Embankment Integrity Program

October 18, 2021

“I directed our Department of Public Works to inspect and make recommendations on New York State’s guidebook and environmental impact statement regarding their Earthen Embankment Integrity Program. We submitted several key findings, which include three main themes: 

More Community Input, Communication and Engagement

This includes a request for the community engagement of stakeholders before any tree clearing occurs, as well as requests for project-specific plan review, engagement with property owners, and increased communication as a requirement instead of an option. 

Pursuit of Alternatives to Clear-Cutting

This includes alternatives in specific embankment sections where full vegetation removal would have a dramatic visual impact, such as close proximity to homes or parks.

Hazard and Risk Information Shared with the Town and Residents

This includes site-specific risk-based maps and hazard ratings as well as future drainage/infrastructure plans and seepage/leak information for the Town of Perinton.

“It is my hope that the State will consider our recommendations and meet with our team to discuss how they can be implemented. While I understand a public safety issue has been caused by the State’s lack of proper maintenance along the Canal, a clear-cut is not the answer. Instead, a pragmatic, selective and intentional approach should be taken in each section of the Canal, and all stakeholders – from the public to property owners to the Town – need to be consulted as step-one.”

Town Supervisor Ciaran Hanna

The Town’s full comment submission is available online.