Raining Cats & Dogs? No! It rained stones!

As if by magic, stones by the truck load appeared along The Oxbow Trail yesterday. They rained down as they were slowly spread along the trail, filling in many low spots.


Our trail at the Erie Crescent end has been a quagmire for many a year, and getting worse with every rain storm.


A second load is imminent and will be delivered shortly, and that will fill in this awful mess. The state of this trail has deterred many a walker from visiting in bad weather. In the winter, of course, it became a skating rink and was extremely dangerous.

What a difference a day makes. The old Canal Corporation would never do anything for it’s customers (they were broke), but now the New York Power Authority has the reigns and the money, many things are happening as they try really hard to bring the canal system into the 21st Century.

Earlier in the year, the NYPA spent BIG BUCKS to shore up the embankment dam opposite the Oxbow.  We’re still awaiting the actual costing of placing 45 feet long steel sheets into over 200 feet of embankment, but it’s got to be over a half a million dollars.

Currently, they are planting privacy trees along the toe sections in the Brockport area where residents have been exposed because dangerous vegetation has been removed from the embankment. Thorough inspections are now being made to ensure these dams are safe. Hopefully, things will start moving along our Fairport section soon!

Our little section is really small potatoes in the great scheme of the revitalization of the canal. I’m delighted that Messrs Brian Stratton and John Callaghan have taken a personal interest in our tiny corner and have helped in such a big way to make The Oxbow a pleasurable experience for all us locals. Here’s what Mr Stratton has to say

And!   There’s more!  Watch The Oxbow Blog for more exciting news soon!


Volunteers needed – with rakes!






Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see www.mud-skipper.com). I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my two dogs.

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