Capital Crescent Trail reopens after sewage spill and cleanup


File: A worker monitors cleanup efforts after a sewage spill on the Capital Crescent Trail on May 1 in Washington, DC. (Bonnie Jo Mount/Washington Post)

Part of the Capital Crescent Trail has reopened after being closed for more than a week because of cleanup from a sewage spill.

The trail was closed from just below Fletcher’s Cove to Water Street in Georgetown so crews could clean up, decontaminate and repair parts of the trail near the C&O Canal.

However, National Park Service officials are still warning the public they should not enter the canal “water prism below Lock 6” because of “combined sewage overflow that also occurred” during recent storms.

Officials said they are taking bacteriological water samples to make sure the “recreational water quality standards are being met.”

Park officials said there also may have been sewage discharges in the areas above locks 5 and 7. Cleanup and decontamination work in those areas is ongoing.

Dana Hedgpeth is the Washington Post’s lead reporter in covering the Metro rail and bus systems in the D.C. region and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that runs them.
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