Georgetown Heritage and the National Park Service (NPS) invite you to a public workshop two alternatives (a No Action and an Action Alternative) to revitalize the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal NHP) through Georgetown. The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Canal Overlook room at Georgetown Park.

The alternatives are part of an Environmental Assessment (EA), which is a required step in the Georgetown Canal Plan. The alternatives were largely informed by the public feedback received through previous comment periods. The proposed action alternative includes an array of repair and rehabilitation projects that address issues of deferred maintenance and increased preservation of the one-mile section of the C&O Canal along with improvements that will enhance education, interpretation and visitor experiences for those who live, work and visit the park in Georgetown.

Attend the public meeting: Join us for a presentation on Nov. 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Canal Overlook Room on the far west side of Georgetown Park (3276 M St NW). If you require special accommodations during the meeting, please contact Maggie Downing by Oct. 31 at mdowning@georgetownheritage.org

How to Comment: Public comments will be accepted October 16 through November 16 via the NPS’s Planning, Environmental and Public Comments (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/GeorgetownCanalPlan or by mail to:

Superintendent
C&O Canal National Historical Park Headquarters Office
Attention:  Georgetown Canal Plan
1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Read the full letter from the C&O Canal National Historical Park inviting the public to participate in the planning process.

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), NPS and Georgetown Heritage, in cooperation with the District of Columbia Office of Planning and Georgetown BID, are preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to identify alternatives and assess the potential impacts of the plan. Concurrent to the NEPA process, NPS will work with DC State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and other consulting parties to finalize a formal determination of effect through the Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as amended (NHPA) consultation process. The purpose of the Section 106 consultation process is to identify historic properties that could be affected by the Plan/EA; assess adverse effects on those properties; and develop ways to resolve those effects through appropriate avoidance, minimization, and/or mitigation measures. 


About the Georgetown Canal Plan
The National Park Service and Georgetown Heritage are partners in restoring, reimagining and revitalizing a one-mile section of Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O Canal) National Historical Park, which begins with a comprehensive plan. The Georgetown Canal Plan, which is expected to be completed in early 2020, will be developed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), ensuring the park’s natural and cultural resources are carefully considered and protected.

Funding for the Georgetown Canal Plan comes from the District of Columbia Executive Office of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Georgetown Business Improvement District, and private philanthropy. A combination of public and private sources will fund the implementation of the plan. Visit www.georgetownheritage.org/master-plan/ for more information on the C&O Canal enhancement in Georgetown.