The Aqueduct Alliance is an informal group of organizations and individuals working to preserve the Schoharie Aqueduct, the ruins of the Erie Canal aqueduct over Schoharie Creek at Schoharie Crossing. They hope to expand the knowledge and appreciation of the structure, and make it more accessible to visitors.
Two recent newspaper articles were published highlighting the work that is being done by the partners involved in this project.
After the stabilization of the remaining aqueduct is complete, organizers are hoping to add signage and safety barriers to allow visions to go out onto the structure. A pedestrian bridge extension from the aqueduct to the east bank of Schoharie Creek, would be a third phase of the overall project.
The Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is the only location where all three phases of New York’s Canals can be seen at once. In addition to the Schoharie Aqueduct, the only two remaining locks of the original Erie Canal can be found at Schoharie Crossing, as well as three enlarged canal locks and one Barge Canal lock.
Schoharie Crossing’s grounds remain open during this COVID-19 Pandemic. All onsite programs and events, as well as outreach programs have been postponed or cancelled until further notice however.
Photo of Schoharie Crossing on Erie Canal showing nine arches of aqueduct at Fort Hunter, seven now remain. (Courtesy United States Library of Congress).