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Land Surveyors Association backs Erie Canal documentary with $13,500

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The New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors (NYSAPLS) has garnered $13,500 in support of a forthcoming film by Third Wave Films, chronicling the creation of the historic Erie Canal in the early 1800s. The documentary, under the direction of Tom Garber, will explore the intricate land surveying, engineering, and construction processes that brought to life what was once dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world” and the “nation’s first superhighway”.

NYSAPLS President, Roy Garfinkel, expressed enthusiasm about supporting the project, emphasizing the transformative role of the Erie Canal and its extensive network in shaping New York State in the 19th century. He highlighted the foundational significance of land surveying practices and principles in the monumental engineering feat, and eagerly anticipates the completion of the film. The project is poised to illuminate the essential contributions of land surveyors in charting the canal’s course and to educate the public about the extraordinary efforts and challenges entailed in realizing such an ambitious endeavor.

The fundraising efforts were initiated in March when President Garfinkel introduced the documentary project to the NYSAPLS Board of Directors, followed by a presentation by Tom Garber, providing an overview of his project. By May, the regional chapters of NYSAPLS had amassed $8,500, and an additional $5,000 was subsequently allocated by the association’s regional directors, bringing the total contribution to $13,500. For further details about NYSAPLS and the documentary, visit and, respectively.