For Immediate Release: 10/03/2016

The New York State Canal Corporation today announced on-going efforts and the utilization of a non-toxic dye to identify potential areas of seepage in the Glens Falls Feeder Canal. The dye is being used to determine where seepage from the Canal may be entering basements of buildings on the Finch Paper property in the City of Glens Falls.

Dye testing will continue over the next several weeks and is non-harmful to individuals, animals, and the environment.

The Canal Corporation will undertake repairs of the Feeder Canal in any areas identified through the dye testing once the canal is drained for the winter.


New York’s Canal system includes four historic canals: the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca. Spanning more than 500 miles, the waterway links the Hudson River with the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes and Lake Champlain. The canals form the backbone of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and connect hundreds of unique and historic communities. The Erie Canalway Trail is a multi-use trail, designed to accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, and cross-country skiers. More than three-quarters of the 365-mile Canalway Trail from Albany to Buffalo is now a dedicated off-road trail, much of it along the canal’s former towpath. Together the canals and trail create a world-class recreationway that is a vibrant, scenic and unique New York resource.

Like Canals on Facebook at NYS Canal Corporation

Follow Canals on Twitter at @NYSCanalCorp


Shane Mahar
Office of Media Relations and Communications
(518) 471-5300