Minnies Island Work Project
Cabin John, MD-On Friday, September 18, the National Park Service (NPS), C&O Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) and Potomac Conservancy (Conservancy) will have completed a Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) project allowing paddlers safe access to the Potomac River during low flow conditions. Conservancy volunteers have spent multiple days working hard alongside C&O Canal and Conservancy staff to put the RTCA project physically in place. By dusk, a new launch area will have been established for improved access to the Potomac River. In addition, the groups contributed to the beautification and safe recreation along the C&O Canal Towpath by removing a damaged stairway, reclaiming the area with native grass seed, repairing timber stairs and trimming overgrown vegetation along an existing trail near Lock 8. Anne O’Neill, RTCA Outdoor Recreation Planner for the NPS National Capital Region, was delighted with the outcome. “We were happy to receive Potomac Conservancy’s RTCA application requesting our technical assistance to facilitate this project with C&O Canal. Each partner brought something to the table that the other would not easily have access to alone. As a result, paddlers have improved access to the Potomac River during drought-like conditions. “ Kevin Brandt, Superintendent of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and Hedrick Belin, President of the Conservancy were present for the first volunteer work day, which coincided with NPS Founder’s Day. Brandt said, “I’m thrilled to have the Potomac Conservancy continue its long and productive partnership with the C&O Canal as we celebrate Founder's Day. From the restoration of lock house 8 and the creation of the River Center to the removal of exotic vegetation, the Conservancy has been there to help connect the park to local citizens and accomplish much-needed work.”
Hedrick Belin, President of the Conservancy said, “Since its founding, Potomac Conservancy has been pleased to join NPS, C&O Canal staff on a number of great projects, most significantly the restoration of Lockhouse 8, River Center. We look forward to continuing this partnership for the long term.”
Did You Know?
The C&O Canal begins in Georgetown. The canal made extra money by selling water to numerous factories in Georgetown to power water driven machinery such as water wheels, etc. Many factories were located next to canal property.