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Contact: Leigh Zahm, 301-745-5815
Washington, DC –On Thursday, August 4th, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park will begin draining the watered canal section for five days from Lock 5 (Towpath Mile 5) to Georgetown (Towpath Mile 0) to accommodate a construction project adjacent to the canal at 3225 Grace Street NW. During this portion of the six-week project, Toepfler Construction will be disassembling and removing scaffolding that has been resting in the canal's prism, or watered area. Scaffolding disassembly is expected to take five working days after which time, water levels will be raised. Water levels should return to normal by Tuesday, August 9th. Work is being completed under a special use permit issued by the National Park Service.
Park staff are available to monitor the activity and respond to any fish entrapment that may occur.