Sailors cruise under a steel-deck lift bridge on the Erie Canal during a sunny spring day in Middleport, N.Y., Monday, June 13, 2011. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

New York’s canal season gets underway

The system includes the Erie, Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca canals, and is an important artery for commercial shipping. It's also a r…