For Immediate Release: 03/06/19

The New York State Canal Corporation will host a public informational meeting about a project to repair the DeRuyter Dam and Reservoir in Madison and Onondaga counties. The repairs will include embankment stability berm construction, installing drainage systems and building new low-level outlets for the dam.

The project will require the Canal Corporation to lower the DeRuyter Reservoir's elevation about 10 feet to allow the work to proceed while protecting the safety and integrity of the dam. Repairs will begin after Labor Day, in order to minimize the impact to property owners, boating and fishing interests during the peak summer months and take 10 to 12 months to complete.

WHAT: Public information meeting on DeRuyter Reservoir Dam rehabilitation

WHERE: Fabius-Pompey Elementary School, 7800 Main St., Fabius

WHEN: Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

WHO: Representatives from Canal Corporation and project engineers

MEDIA CONTACT: Steven Gosset,, (914) 327-9300.

About the New York State Canal Corporation

New York's canal system includes four historic canals: the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca. Spanning 524 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. In 2019, New York will mark the 200th anniversary of the first trip taken on the Erie Canal, from Rome to Utica.

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Steven Gosset
Media Relations
(914) 390-8192