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Public Comment Invited on Towpath Improvement Project in Williamsport

Monday, 9 July 2018

The National Park Service (NPS) announces the open public scoping period for a project to improve the condition of the towpath between McMahon’s Mill to Lock 42 within the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal National Historical Park. The park plans to rehabilitate an historic stone retaining wall and stabilize the towpath along a 0.9-mile stretch between McMahon’s Mill and Lock 42 in Williamsport, Maryland....

Summer Fun at C&O Canal National Historical Park

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

This press release lists many of the special activities planned for the summer months in the C&O Canal National Historical Park. It also lists addresses, phone numbers, and hours of the visitor centers. (more)

Update on construction at the C&O Canal

Friday, 13 April 2018

Since December 2017, work has continued to progress at the $6.7 million “Repair to Various Watered Structures between Locks 5 -22” project, in Montgomery County, MD. The purpose of the project is to improve several locks, waste weirs, bridges and other water control structures within one of the most popular segments of the C&O Canal. These improvements will help the park’s historic structures withstand...

Submerged Potomac River Water Supply Intake Approved--National Park Service

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The National Park Service has approved the request from the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission (WSSC) to upgrade its Potomac River water supply intake along the C&O Canal National Park. (more)

Lock 5-22 Construction--Email note from NPS

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Construction is underway between locks 5 and 22 with the ultimate goal of rewatering that portion of the C&O Canal. Monday, January 29 will see a temporary detour at Lock 20 and the next week will see a detour above Swains Lock. (more). Background information on the project can be found in this older press release.

No Fee Day, Monday, January 15--National Park Service

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Monday, January 15, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday. It’s also a fee-free day in all of America’s more than 400 national parks.-- National Park Foundation

Proposed Pipeline Draws Opposition--C&O Canal Association

Sunday, 24 December 2017

The Maryland Department of Environment had a hearing on granting a permit for a natural gas pipeline to go under the C&O Canal. 

The purpose of the hearing was to get input into the decision whether to grant a permit for the TransCanada Company to build a pipeline to cross the state’s non-tidal wetlands and waterways. TransCanada wants to build the pipeline to carry fracked gas from Pennsylvania,...

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Lock 20 of the C&O Canal

Photo © James W. Moore. Used by permission.





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