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Environmental & Social Impacts of the Erie Canal
Transcript of Environmental & Social Impacts of the Erie Canal
John McGivney, Katelyn Zonneville,
and Nick Kwiatkowski Environmental & Social
Impacts of the
Erie Canal Cultural mixing via trade and travel with
people from other areas Social Impacts Mixed views on the canal as with any construction project Social Perception Deforestation leading to increased runoff Diversion from feeder streams Water Issues It is advised not to consume any fish caught on the canal Current Problems http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=d-4nnhWtcPYC&oi=fnd&pg=PR15&dq=erie+canal&ots=irvFG4niLI&sig=9mcMDRPhgKYSuOFFu5ecC2J9J44#v=onepage&q=erie%20canal&f=false Sources
Disease and illness spread easily
Smallpox and Cholera "rode the canal" Many reports of workers contracting malaria Robbery and violence Tourists looked like "poverty personified" "adds to the pleasure derived from the ever changing scenery presented to us" "...the demon of machinery, having invaded the peaceful realms of nature..." Paved the way for the Panama Canal and led to the slogan "The Land Divided- The World United." Land Issues Bank leakage
properties became waterlogged People lost some of their land to the construction of the canal Culvert washout could disrupt traffic for up to two weeks Waste dumped into canal from barges and by property owners Fish migration
at least two invasive species introduced into the Great Lakes Cross-drainage leading to flooding problems
barges displaced too much water Water leakage averaging about 8 inches of depth per day through the bed and banks Many areas have signs posted warning people of the dangers of entering the water because it has become stagnant Trash all over the banks and in the water in some areas http://sites.davidson.edu/kaylinlee/?p=66 http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/wsp2038 http://rftgf.org/PP/pdf-thipp/THI_Erie_Canal.pdf