Notice to Mariners
Western Erie Canal and Glens Falls Feeder Canal – Water Levels
February 8, 2023
The New York State Canal Corporation today announced that water levels this navigation season in the Erie Canal between Lock E-30 (Macedon) and Locks E-34/35 (Lockport) will be consistent with levels maintained throughout 2022 – approximately one foot lower than historic levels.
This is the second year that levels have been reduced as the Canal Corporation continues to monitor more than 200 known seeps along the canal’s earthen embankments. Levels may vary slightly depending on the location. The reduced water levels should not impact vessels transiting the canal within the navigation channel but may impact some docks and boat launches.
In addition, water levels in the Glens Falls Feeder Canal will be consistent with levels maintained throughout 2022 – approximately two feet lower than historic levels as seeps continue to be monitored there as well.
Additional adjustments to the water levels, if required, will be communicated in a timely manner.
The Canal Corporation continuously monitors and inspects these earthen dams on foot via daily monitoring with our staff, as well as using advanced technologies like drones and thermal imaging. To learn more about the Canal Corporation’s Earthen Embankment Integrity Program, please visit this website.
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In case of emergencies, please call the Canal Corporation’s Emergency Call Center at 833-538-1042.