Dam Safety 2022: Field Trip - C&O Dam 5

When: Thursday, September 22, 2022

Where: C&O Dam 5

Registration Fee: $95

Details: This tour will be led by the National Park Service, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park and includes visits to historic Potomac Dam No. 5 and the recently rehabilitated Conococheague Aqueduct. Potomac Dam No. 5 was originally constructed between 1833 – 1835, and modified substantially in 1857 – 1873. This historic stone masonry structure is a run-of-the-river dam that impounds over 4,900 acre feet of reservoir on the Potomac River, creating freshwater habitat, recreation opportunities, hydroelectric generation, and preservation of the original engineered structure that served the historic canal system up to 1924. Various modifications have been done to-date, including one in the near future for the stabilization of the left abutment that is currently in design. Attendees will be briefed on the historic events associated with the dam, and a preview of what is to come in the near future to rehabilitate it. The Conococheague Aqueduct is the 5th of the 11-aqueducts on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, which was recently rehabilitated with a ribbon cutting on August 8, 2019 to result in a fully watered structure. Participants will learn about the engineering and preservation practices involved in stabilizing the original structure that dates back to 1834 and received the 2020 National ACI Excellence Award in the Repair and Restoration Category & the 2020 Maryland Preservation Award for Outstanding Stewardship by a Government Agency. The tour will also include a tour of the Honeywood Power Plant located on the West Virginia side of the river and operated by Eagle Creek Renewable. 

The tour will depart the Baltimore Convention Center at 8:00 AM and will return around 4:00 PM eastern. All attendees must ride the provided transportation to attend.

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