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Park Service seeks Applicants for Long-term Agricultural Leases along the C&O Canal

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

C&O Canal NHP maintains more than 1,000 acres of agricultural land to preserve historic agricultural landscapes and viewsheds. The Park Service plans to lease 24 agricultural properties throughout Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Montgomery counties in Maryland. The bidding process opens today, Wednesday, October 3, and all applications must be received by Friday, November 16, 2018. (more)

C&O Canal NHP will Relocate its Headquarters to Williamsport, Maryland

Thursday, 27 September 2018

The National Park Service and the Maryland Economic Development Corporation announced that the headquarters of the C&O Canal National Historic Park will be moved to a location adjacent to the Canal in Williamsport, MD. (more)

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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