The quality and condition of water in the Erie Canal historically and today is the topic of September’s Peggy Lou Feldmeier Lunchtime Lecture at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Mark Teece, professor of environmental chemistry at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, will present the lecture, which is scheduled for 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, September 19. Dr Teece’s research focuses on water quality in lakes and oceans. He is particularly interested in the impact of human activities on water quality.
Our speaker will discuss the findings of his study into the Erie Canal’s current water quality and condition. He will also talk about the sources that supply water to the Canal, issues surrounding these waterways, the unique characteristics of species living in cold climates, and the impact that human activity such as the use of road salt in winter has on the water quality of rivers and creeks feeding water to the Erie Canal. The future uses of the Old Erie Canal between DeWitt and Rome, New York, will be considered relative to the conditions and quality of that specific waterway.
Admission to this special presentation is just $5 per person, and there is no charge for Museum members. Tickets may be purchased at the door or through the Shop link on our website. The program will include time for questions, and a number of free parking spots will be available in the lot across from the Museum under routes 81 and 690. Visitors may also park at meters on streets and in public parking lots near us.