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D.C. boaters troubled by restricted anchorage proposal

Changes are being proposed to Washington, D.C.’s waterfront that could restrict anchoring in the Washington Channel. The Washington Channel has long been an educational stop for cruisers wanting to visit the nation’s capital and visit the scores of free museums in the city. There are routinely a dozen boats anchored in the channel and the numbers are increasing as a result of the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

Local boaters and cruisers are up in arms about the proposal and urging their fellow mariners to take action.

Click here to read an online forum on the subject.

The Army Corps of Engineers has posted Public Notice PN 11-50 and has solicited public comments before July 15. Two Congressional bills have been introduced to allow this transfer of the federally owned Washington Channel to Washington, D.C. Either House Bill HR 723 or House Bill HR 2297 will allow the transfer the federal channel to D.C.

To respond to Public Notice PN 11-50, contact the District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, PO Box 1715, Baltimore, Maryland 21203-1715; or e-mail the project engineer or call her at (410) 962-4501.

For information on the Washington Channel proposal, search “usace pn 11-50.” To look at the District of Columbia’s waterfront proposal, search “DC pud 11-03.”