C100 Section 106 Review Comments On The October 2017 C&O Canal Concept Plan

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).