C&O Canal National Historical Park

C&O Canal National Historical Park

The National Park Service NPS) is developing a comprehensive master plan for a one-mile section of the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park (C&O Canal NHP) in Georgetown.  NPS, Georgetown Heritage, and the D.C. Office of Planning are working with the community to develop ways to restore, reimagine, and revitalize this treasured historic place.

 

Documents

icon 2016-12 NPS CandO Flood Plan Annex Lower Reach
December 2016, National Park Service
The Potomac River has a long history of flooding.
The largest of which on record occurred in 1936 when the river crested at 28 feet and
produced total flows estimated to be about 484,000 cubic feet per second. Potomac
River floods typically have a total duration ranging from 100 to 180 hours (4 to 7 days).
icon C100 Comments On The National Park Service Environmental Assessment Of The C&O Canal National Historical Park Georgetown Plan
January 5, 2018, Stephen A. Hansen
The concept plan offers excellent ideas, including refilling the canal, restarting canal boat rides, adding a new visitor center, improved signage, and grading the towpath for safety. The canal has endured repeated and severe floods, scouring the canal and damaging its structure. Therefore, for the concept plan to succeed, every alternative selected must be sustainable, able to withstand flooding. For example, flood-vulnerable alternatives such as boardwalks, elevators, new flower beds, and alternatives B and C for the towpath should be re-evaluated.
icon C100 Section 106 Review Comments On The October 2017 C&O Canal Concept Plan
January 5, 2018, Stephen A. Hansen
We applaud the National Park Service’s, Georgetown Heritage’s, and The Georgetown Business Improvement’s interest in rehabilitating and increasing public enjoyment and access to the one-mile C&O Canal section in Georgetown. However, these laudable goals must not be achieved at the expense of the Canal’s historic character and significant constituent elements. Such appears to be the likely outcome in many of the Plan design alternatives and, if built, will result in significant adverse impacts to the Canal as defined under Section 106 (36 CFR Part 800 Protection of Historic Properties), National Historic Preservation Act (P.L. 89-665; 54 U.S.C. 300101 et seq).
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