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....
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)
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...
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)
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.
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
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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