Summit Hall Turf Farm Water Access Project
The National Park Service (NPS), Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, has evaluated the proposed modification of an existing water line and construction of an additional water line from the property of Summit Hall Turf Farm, Inc. (Summit Hall), 21300 River Road, Poolesville, MD 20837, to the Potomac River. The proposed project's area of potential effect is between Mile 28.46 and Mile 29.35 of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP.
In 1975, a Warranty Deed (deed) was issued between the Potomac Valley Turf Farm, Inc. [Summit Hall Turf Farm] and the NPS. As condition of the deed, the Potomac Valley Turf Farm was granted the right to establish three raw water intake lines for agricultural purposes through NPS property from the Potomac River. One raw water line (Line #1) was in operation at the time of the 1975 deed. Summit Hall is now requesting to modify a second existing line (Line #2) and install a third line (Line #3), to complete the farm's irrigation system.
Under the terms of the deed, the Summit Hall must complete the modification of Line #2 and installation of Line #3 under the supervision of a representative of the Superintendent of the C&O Canal NHP and insure full compliance with agreed upon terms of installation. Line #1 does not require any work at this time. All pump stations for the water lines are/will be located off NPS property.
The purpose of the project is to address a request from Summit Hall to modify Line #2 and complete the farm's irrigation system with the installation of Line #3, as outlined in the deed.
The action is needed because the farm has been experiencing difficulty in maintaining a suitable water intake situation for Line #2 and because of additional irrigation needs due to the expansion of farm operations over the years. Line #2 was established in 1975 via the deed and is located through historic culvert #39, at canal mile 28.46. Due to changes along the shoreline of the Potomac River, the intake for Line #2 is impacted frequently from siltation, reducing the capability to draw water.
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act, this project was available for public review from July 19, 2011 through August 29, 2011. A public meeting was held July 27, 2011.
A Finding of No Significant Impact was signed on January 9, 2012. The project has been approved to move forward.
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For further information regarding this project, please contact the Office of the Superintendent, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740.