WASHINGTON COUNTY -- A push is continuing to repair the eroded Big Slackwater section of C&O Canal National Historical Park, the only gap in the trail between Georgetown and Cumberland, Md.
Erosion of the trail in the Big Slackwater area downstream from Williamsport has forced hikers and bicyclists to use an unsafe 4.7-mile detour on public roads, officials said.
It is hoped the Big Slackwater area can be restored using money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 --Â the federal stimulus package --Â according to the C&O Canal Association.
To be considered for that funding, an environmental assessment must be completed on the proposed project, according to the association.
Such an assessment is required to make sure federal projects do not threaten the environment, said Ned Preston, spokesman for the association.