A raised bike-pedestrian walkway connects towpath trail segments on the Shannon-Erne Waterway in Ireland.
The River Shannon in Athlone
Report from 2018 World Canals Conference
Nearly 400 delegates from inland waterways around the world convened in Athlone, Ireland from September 10-12 for the 2018 World Canals Conference. The three-day event shed light on opportunities and challenges facing canals and inland waterways worldwide. A general trend toward increased trail and paddle-sport recreation, heritage
The Shannon-Erne Waterway
preservation, and a desire to reconnect people with once industrial waterways stood out. So too did a growing awareness of the need to address climate change and manage environmental stresses to maximize the many benefits of our inland waterways.
Duncan Hay and Jean Mackay represented the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor; Jean presented a session Who’s Out There: Using visitor data to better attract and serve visitors. Catherine Sheridan of the NYS Canal Corporation delivered a keynote on Building Resilience: Climate, Risk, and Waterways. New York State canals also were well represented at an information booth in the exhibitor hall.
President Michael D. Higgins with Jean Mackay and Sharon Leighton
Among the conference highlights was the closing address by the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins. His eloquent and inspiring remarks called attention to the wealth of heritage, history, and wildlife gifted to us by our waterways. “Your deliberations during this conference are a testament to the diversity of opportunities presented by our canals– the restoration of navigable waterways, the promotion of water sports, the conservation of our natural and cultural heritage, the rejuvenation of our cities.” Read his full address.
Downtown Revitalization Initiative Communities along the canal are the focus of this forum, presented by the NYS Canal Corporation in partnership with SUNY. RSVP: email@example.com
NYS Canal Conference, October 14-16
One Water: New York Harbor
The 2018 conference will celebrate the role that New York Harbor has played in the success of the State’s historic inland waterway system. Register: www.newyorkcanals.org
2019 International Trails Symposium, Syracuse
Mark your calendar! A gathering of trail enthusiasts and professionals representing all types of trail users is coming to Syracuse for the 2019 International Trails Symposium, April 28- May 1, 2019. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is proud to sponsor a Water Trails Caucus at the event and feature the New York State Canalway Water Trail in many programming activities.The Empire State Trail, including the Canalway Trail, will also be a prominent feature of the symposium. Details >
Historic Vessels Take Center Stage
A week after Waterford’s annual Tugboat Roundup drew crowds to celebrate all things tugboat, officials from the NY Power Authority and NYS Canal Corporation met with canal and preservation advocates to discuss the fate of the Tug Urger and other aging canal vessels. While officials did not share a vision for the future of the canal’s historic fleet, they did reveal that they are undertaking a historic context document/roster for vessels over 40 years old.
The survey is part of required mitigation for sinking three National Register-eligible vessels as part of the state’s artificial reefing program. In addition, Canal Corp/NYPA will undertake a new marine survey and alternatives report for the Tug Urger, which it removed from service in 2017. Advocates pressed for greater transparency and a dedicated working group to facilitate involvement, and urged Canal Corp/NYPA to reconsider its plans to make the Urger a static, land-based display. The Urger is currently in Waterford and will spend the winter in dry dock there.
Cornhill Navigation received a grant to expand educational programming in 2018.
Erie Canalway Grants Available
Do you have a project or great idea aimed at inspiring people to learn more about New York’s legendary canals, celebrate the Erie Canal Bicentennial, or encourage further exploration of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor?
Applications are now being accepted from not-for-profits, municipalities, and federally recognized Native American tribes to request support for projects that advance the Erie Canalway Preservation and Management Plan‘s goals and objectives. This competitive grant program makes reimbursement-based awards ranging from $2,000 to $7,000. A 50/50 match is required.
October 10, 5:30pm- 7:30pm
New York State Museum, Albany
Join us for an exclusive look at Phase 2 “Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal.” The second phase of the exhibition explores life on the canal, the growth and legacy of the canal, and the barge canal still in use today. While the event is free, registration is encouraged.Register Now >
Along the Towpath…Events and Happenings in the Canalway Corridor
Each year the Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon attracts top regional multi-sport athletes, as well as recreational runners and bikers for this USAT sanctioned event. Event includes 2 mile run / 17 mile bike / 2 mile run to the finish. Two person teams are welcome: a runner and a cyclist.
New Mural in Palmyra
Historic Palmyra’s Erie Canal Depot has a new 22-foot-long canal mural, painted by local artist Cheryl Leonard. Visit the museum to see the mural and other engaging exhibits for children and adults.
The entire New York State Canal System will close for the season on
Wednesday, October 10th at 5 p.m. The Canalway Trail, canal communities, and most historic sites and museums are open year-round.
Join Our Team:
Program Manager Position Opening
We are seeking to hire a full-time person to lead and manage programs related to our strategic goals and key areas of focus. Emphasis of the position will be on recreational trails, tourism promotion, and historic preservation. The Program Manager will also help secure programmatic resources via grant writing and related resource development efforts. Apply by OCTOBER 19.
Attention State Employees: Donate to the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund through the SEFA Campaign
The New York State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) enables New York State employees to give to their favorite charitable causes by making a payroll deduction. If you would like to support the protection and promotion of New York’s iconic canal heritage and the distinctive canal communities, engineering marvels, waterways and trails that make the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor an extraordinary place, please select the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, Inc, for your annual giving. The Heritage Fund is listed as #999-01182. Thank you! www.sefanys.org