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"We are again in the midst of troubles" (- Floods - Ch4 more details)


Sustainability Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information

   



CHAPTER 4
SUSTAINABILITY: CASE STUDIES

Particular locations along the C&O Canal have demonstrated a pronounced vulnerability to floods during its history. This vulnerability was a consequence of design choices made by the canal company, and the geography of certain locations along the Potomac. Two of the most notorious trouble spots are Widewater (between Great Falls and Old Angler's Inn), and a section of canal opposite Harpers Ferry, W.Va., at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Historically, high water plagued the canal in these locations, and despite determined preventive action by the C&O Canal Company, the B&O Railroad, and the National Park Service, there only has been limited success in minimizing flood damage at both these places. They represent two of the greatest challenges in making the canal sustainable--locations where engineering has repeatedly failed to protect the canal from the river...




ID:
wcco223

Creator:
Donald Schaffer

Date:
1997

Collection Location:
C&O National Historic Park

Contributor:
C&O Canal National Historic Park

Subject:
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (Md.); Washington County (Md.), History

Coverage:
Maryland, 1830-1940

 
 
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100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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