C&O Canal Invites Public to Comment on Big Slackwater Towpath and Wall Recovery Act Project

C&O Canal Invites Public to Comment on Big Slackwater Towpath and Wall Recovery Act Project

Hagerstown, MD: The National Park Service is inviting public scooping comments on its proposal to reconstruct the towpath at Big Slackwater in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.
"These are the first important steps in making the Big Slackwater area of the towpath safe for people to visit" said Superintendent Kevin Brandt.
"We encourage the public to review and comment on these plans."
The proposed project would reconstruct a one and one-half mile section of towpath between Dam #4 and McMahon's Mill. This section of the towpath was heavily damaged during Potomac River flooding in the 1980's and 1990's.
Since 1986 visitors have been detoured onto Washington County, Maryland roads to avoid this dangerous area. The proposed project will improve visitor safety in this area.
Written comments will be accepted now through July 21, 2009. Comments received will be used to develop and guide the environmental evaluation for the project. Written comments should be submitted through the National Park Service Planning, Environment & Public Comment website, http://parkplanning.nps.gov/choh.