Pennyfield/Muddy Run Boatramp Replacement
The National Park Service, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, will issue a special use construction permit to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission regarding upgrades to their existing facilities at the Pennyfield Lock boatramp. The planned work includes the replacement/reconstruction of the existing boatramp that enters into Muddy Branch and erosion correction to the Muddy Run stream bank.
A small portion of the project will be conducted within the boundary of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park which will include placing imbricated rip-rap along the streambank and placing the rip-rap against the wingwall of the park's historic culvert #30.
Over the years stream flow and subsequent storm flow has caused the streambank to erode due to the existing hydraulics of Muddy Branch. This erosion has caused fill behind the wingwall of a park culvert to erode thus compromising the integrity of the park's structure and the towpath and canal above.
A Special Use Permit will be issued to subject MNCPPC and it's contractors, listing terms and conditions that will protect the park's resources both natural and cultural.
The park's Interdisciplinary Team reviewed the project for impacts to natural and cultural resources. The project does not pose any serious or long-term effects to the environmental, historical, cultural, archeological, or visual resources. It meets categorical exclusion #C.8 – Replacement in kind of minor structures and facilities with little or no change in location, capacity, or appearance – for example, comfort stations, pit toilets, fences, kiosks, signs, and campfire circles.
Upon review under the National Historic Preservation Act/Section 106 Programmatic Agreement, no historic properties will be affected by the proposed project.
For further information about this project, please contact Park Engineer, at 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740.