Joel Scussel, Operations Manager for the Dismal Swamp Canal (USACE) shared a photo with us today of the completed cleanup work by the crew of the Elizabeth. They came back into the Canal to remove some remaining debris/duckweed matting near the South Mills Lock and in the Lock Chamber.
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The crew has worked three days in the past week to eliminate this distressing issue for boaters. To put this into perspective, I’ve attached a photo taken on Jan. 26th and the photo shared today.
It’s so nice to see clear water!! I’m the most optimistic I’ve been in a long time for an active spring boating season on the Dismal Swamp Canal.
We have been told by recent boaters, the Canal was basically clear until they reached the area in South Mills near the Lock. This information is not an official notice, but information Joel stated could be shared publicly. Please share with those who you think would benefit. The navigational restrictions which were issued at the opening in Oct. still remain in effect until further notice. (Minus the duckweed and the ice!)
If you plan to transit the canal, call the Lock operators or the Norfolk District office for more information. 757-201-7642.
Donna Stewart, Director
Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
2356 US Hwy 17N
South Mills, NC 27976
Phone – 252-771-8333
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