After the C&O Canal in Georgetown got its new wooden gates at Locks 3 and 4 operating on Oct. 11, the National Park Service released water into the Georgetown section of the canal several days afterwards to test the new gates with the rehabilitated locks. NPS engineers are tinkering with the gates to adjust them for proper water flow.
Because of the gate and lock project, water had been drained from the canal from Lock 5 to Rock Creek for almost two years.
Alas, the water — not yet up to full level — will be lowered more and then shut off soon in Georgetown. Water in the canal will return in its full-fauceted splendor in the spring.