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Posted on: October 16, 2017

City Moves On Canal Improvements, A Council High Priority

Several concerns have surfaced over the past few months regarding the historic Rappahannock Canal resource. City staff has been working diligently to address issues such as the lack of fresh water entering the system, an overabundance of duckweed and other surface aquatic vegetation, and inquiries regarding mosquito populations and the potential associated public health concerns. 

Earlier this year City Public Works crews discovered a significant failure with the intake pump that delivers water from the Rappahannock River into the canal to keep it full. After a lengthy overhaul process at a pump repair facility, the pump was returned to the City in early October and crews reinstalled and activated it during the week of October 9. As of today, the canal water has been restored to normal levels.

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