The Canal Corporation says there are no environmental red flags to the project and clearing the trees will help protect the embankment and stop flooding. But, opponents say the canal should be left alone and the public should have a say in the project.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says the Canal Corporation has agreed to suspend a project to clear brush and trees along the canal for the time being.

Members of the community were upset with a plan currently underway to clear more than 100 acres of wood along the Erie Canal.

The Canal Corporation says there are no environmental red flags to the project and clearing the trees will help protect the embankment and stop flooding. But, opponents say the canal should be left alone and the public should have a say in the project.

Critics were also upset that the Canal Corp didn't allow for public input. Now, the delay, which will last until February, will give them that opportunity.

In a statement Tuesday morning, Dinolfo says: “I thank the State Canal Corporation for making the prudent decision to postpone further work on its vegetation management project to allow for additional opportunities for public input. The Corporation should be credited for heeding the calls of residents who expressed strong concerns that the project could hurt our local towns and villages that rely on the Canal for economic and recreational opportunities. However, I am today reiterating my request that the Corporation should fully extend the postponement period through late 2018.

I especially want to thank Perinton Supervisor Mike Barker, Pittsford Supervisor Bill Smith, and Brighton Supervisor Bill Moehle for their leadership and advocacy. I am pleased that a common sense solution was reached in this case and I encourage residents to make their voices heard in the public comment process moving forward.”