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Major effort focused on cleaning up Lowell's canals and Canalway system

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Date: October 5, 2006
Contact: Roger Lau, 978-459-0101
Contact: Lowell National Historical Park, 978-970-5000

With an interest in enhancing the appearance of the canals and Canalway, along with fostering an ongoing program of their upkeep, Congressman Meehan has engaged the City of Lowell, Boott Hydropower, Inc., and Lowell National Historical Park to coordinate a canal clean-up for Saturday, October 28, 2006. In recent times when the canals have been drained of water, there has been continuing attention to the unsightly impression the debris accumulation there creates. Also at issue is the constant appearance of litter on the walkways, known as the Canalway, which provide public access along these historic waterways. Boott Hydropower, Inc. plans to draw down the canals during this event, with City and Park support of equipment and staffing to be complemented by volunteers recruited for these projects.

"Lowell’s canals are a major asset to the community’s identity as well as a historical engineering marvel" said Congressman Meehan. "The dialogue we have begun will bring all interested parties together so we can work long-term to keep Lowell's canals as an asset for the residents and visitors to the city."

WHO:

Congressman Marty Meehan, City Mayor William Martin, City Manager Bernie Lynch, Lowell National Historical Park Superintendent Michael Creasey, Boott Hydropower, Inc., and interested organizations and individuals

WHAT:

Announcement of major effort focused on cleaning up Lowell's canals and Canalway system

WHEN:

Friday, October 6, 2006

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

WHERE:

Swamp Locks location of the Lowell canal system

Note: Please call the Lowell National Historical Park at 978-970-5000 if you need directions.

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Did You Know?

Factory Bell, Lowell, MA

The factory bells dominated daily life in Lowell. They woke the workers at 4:30 a.m., called them into the mill at 4:50, rang them out for breakfast and back in, out and in for dinner, out again at 7 p.m. at the day's close. The whole city, it seemed, moved together and did the mills' bidding.