Notice to Mariners
Erie Canal/Mohawk River – Scotia to St. Johnsville
September 17, 2018
Mariners are advised that in anticipation of possible heavy rainfall and runoff from the remnants of Hurricane Florence, and pursuant to previous notifications issued on 9/14/18 and 9/16/18, the New York State Canal Corporation will be proactively opening the upper gates of the Movable Dams at Locks E-8, Scotia through E-15, Fort Plain beginning at 1 PM today. This action can cause large (up to 4’) fluctuations in water surface levels along with swift currents, necessitating the temporary closure of this section of canal, which may last up to a few days. All transient vessels in this section of the Erie Canal are urged to proceed immediately to east of Lock E-8, Scotia or west of Lock E-16, St. Johnsville.
Shoreline permittees are encouraged to remove vessels, docks or other seasonal structures that could be affected by extreme water level fluctuations.
The Canal Corporation has facilities available for safe-harbor to vessels in the Waterford Flight of Locks, between Indian Castle Guard Gate and Lock E16, between Herkimer Guard Gate and Lock E18 and the Utica Harbor. The 48-hour mooring limit in these areas is suspended until further notice.
Features along the eastern portion of the Erie Canal are listed by mileage at http://www.canals.ny.gov/wwwapps/navinfo/navinfo.aspx?waterway=erieeastern
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