Erie Canal opening early in some parts
Posted: 5:27 pm Tue, April 10, 2012
The New York State Thruway Authority will open up the Erie Canal about one week ahead of schedule so Western New York berry farmers have enough water to irrigate their crops and prevent further cold weather-induced damage.
Berry farmers have struggled in recent weeks after warm weather accelerated their crops blooming time, only to have exposed berries frozen and damaged when temperatures dropped back to more seasonal levels.
U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, who urged the Thruway Authority to open the canal ahead of schedule, confirmed it will open on April 15 or 16, one week ahead of schedule.