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lowlands adjoining Oneida creek. All of the privileges, easements and water-channels of the said navigation company, however, were afterward acquired by the State for canal purposes, and a portion of the system of canals built by said company is still used as a feeder for the Erie canal, while the remainder was gradually abandoned. In this latter portion, the old terminal basin referred to appears to have been included. From long neglect it has lost much of its original character, and its banks are now thickly overgrown with small trees, bushes and weeds. The short section of old canal which formerly connected it with the Oneida creek served both to drain the excavation when the stream was low, as well as to admit some of the water therefrom in times of flood. The basin, nevertheless, remained until recently in a condition that appeared to be satisfactory to the adjoining residents and land-owners, since no complaints about it were made. During the past summer, however, the excavation contained much stagnant water, from which offensive odors and malaria were emitted, thereby rendering it a public nuisance, and bringing it to the notice of your Board.

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New York (State). Dept. of
Health, New York (State). Board of Health

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[Assem. Doc. No. 110.)

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