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Panel OKs C&O Canal project funds

July 12, 1997

A project to restore water to the C&O Canal in Cumberland got a boost when the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $375,000 to finish engineering and design work, officials announced Friday.

The funding still has to make it into the final budget approved by Congress and signed by President Clinton, said Douglas Faris, superintendent of the C&O National Historical Park headquartered in Sharpsburg.

Eventually, the goal is to rewater a 1.1-mile section of the canal starting at the Western Maryland Railroad Station, similar to rewatering done in Hancock and Williamsport, he said.

The park service envisions boat rides pulled by mules and other interpretive programs about the canal, which was used until 1924, he said.

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The total cost of the project is $10 million to $12 million, he said.

The 184.5-mile canal runs from Cumberland to Georgetown in Washington, D.C.

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