Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Canal System will be fully open to navigation tomorrow, November 4 at 7:00 AM, one day ahead of schedule with the re-opening of the Erie Canal from Lock E-8 (Scotia) through Lock E-17 (Little Falls).
Earlier this week, the Governor announced the Canal System would be open by Monday, November 5.
Water levels in the system had been lowered to reduce the risk of flooding as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The storms impact on the canal was minimal, and there was no damage to locks, dams or other canal structures.
The restoration of water levels throughout the Canal System will allow all recreational and commercial vessels currently in the 524-mile system to continue and complete their journeys before the system is closed down for the winter months on November 15.
In addition to navigation, the New York State Canal System is also an important source of drinking water as well as water resources for hydropower and agricultural uses.
The New York State Canal System is a navigable 524-mile inland waterway that spans upstate New York. The waterway connects the Hudson River with Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, Cayuga Lake, Seneca Lake, and Lake Erie via the Niagara River.
The Canal System includes four Canals: the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca; canalized natural waterways, plus five lakes: Oneida, Onondaga, Cross, Cayuga and Seneca; short Canal sections at Ithaca and Watkins Glen; feeder reservoirs, canals and rivers not accessible by boat from the Canal; and Canal terminals on Lake Champlain. The Canal System passes through 25 counties and close to 200 villages, hamlets and towns.
Canal mariners can sign up for email TRANSalerts with updates on Canal conditions by visiting http://www.canals.ny.gov/tas/index.shtml.
Updates and information are available by calling 1-800-4CANAL4 or visiting www.canals.ny.gov.