Donald A. Windsor
Canal Lock 99 was overgrown with vegetation when we began buying it. On 2-3 July 2012, we had the Headwaters Youth Conservation Corps remove the honeysuckle bushes that had been growing atop and alongside it. On 31 October 2014 we had Tom Pasternak cut down the trees.
Here are three photos that show the progression of the clearing.
Pics2012 #2089, 2 July 2012, shows the lock from the downstream (south) end.
Pics2012 #2092, 2 July 2012, shows the same view after the clearing.
Pics2014 #2372, 10 November 2014, shows the same view with the trees removed.
Our next step will be to try to stabilize the deterioration of the lock walls. We do not want to rebuild the lock, because it is a historical ruin. However, we do want to retard its decomposition.
We also want to have it listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
Our ultimate goal is to protect more portions of the Chenango Canal.