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Helping the NYS Canals Navigate the Next 25+ Years

The New York State Canal System spans over 500 miles across 17 counties and through major cities, small towns, and rural landscapes. Agency is leading a team to refresh the Canal Recreationway Plan that will help the New York Power Authority, the New York State Canal Corporation, and the Canal Recreationway Commission keep the system resilient and relevant in the decades ahead.

At the heart of the team’s “many canals, one system” approach is a celebration of the various social, cultural, environmental, and economic functions the canals perform for New Yorkers nearby and visitors from around the world. After a series of focus groups and site visits, the project team recently submitted a draft existing conditions report, and looks forward to diving into community engagement this summer. If you live or work in a canal community, keep an eye out for upcoming events, and we hope to see you canalside soon!

To learn more about the project, click here.