- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

COHOES, N.Y. (AP) - The state is seeking ideas from New Yorkers on the future of the state’s historic canal system as the long-term recreation plan for the system is updated for the first time since it was adopted in 1995.

An open house on the future of the historic Erie Canal system is scheduled Thursday evening at the Erie Canalway Heritage Corridor Visitor Center in Cohoes. The public is invited to offer comments at the forum or by completing an online survey at www.canals.ny.gov .

The 524-mile New York Canal System includes four waterways, the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca canals.

The waterways link the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes, the Niagara River and Lake Erie.

The canal corridor also includes a network of about 300 miles of multiple-use trails.

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