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Old 09-13-2014, 08:45 AM   #1
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New York Canal System

A little while back a thread about the NY State Canal system had a post or two about "how it could survive with so little traffic"

From this month's Marine News magazine...paraphrased from the canal system director, Brian Stratton,

The canal system is much more than commercial and recreational traffic...it's also hydro power, drinking water...plus water for mining, manufacturing, irrigation and R&D.

The canal supports 6.2 billion in those uses and another $380 million in tourism.

The canal is important to the upstate economy and the canals will continue to evolve as they have for 200 years.

So I guess that a "share of taxes" is used plus the feds have weighed in and declared it "essential" so fed funds are probably available too. A little research may show if there's a direct surcharge in any of it's "water share".

While I haven't been through, it sounds like it's being reasonable well maintained and probably around long enough at least for my grandkids to enjoy at some point.
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