SAVE THE ANCHORAGE IN WASHINGTON DC
Changes are being proposed to Washington
DCís waterfront which will severely restrict anchoring
in the Washington
Channel. The Washington Channel has long been an educational stop for cruisers wanting to visit our nationís 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 which permits vessels with vertical clearances of 75í to transit without any bridge openings.
Local developers and the District of Columbia
officials are pressing Congress and the Army Corps of Engineers to permit
the extension of piers by 200 feet into the channel. They are also pressing for fixed fore and aft moorings with spacing of 30 feet. These changes essentially eliminate any anchoring
in the protected upper reaches of Washington Channel.
Three steps are required before DC can take this beautiful anchorage from the cruising community. First the Army Corps of Engineers must approve the DC proposal. Currently the Army Corps of Engineers has posted Public Notice PN 11-50 and has solicited public comments before July 15th. Second the District of Columbia
must receive public comments in a Zoning hearing on the 17th of July. Last, Congress must turn the federal waters over to the District of Columbia for District use. Two Congressional Bills have been introduced to allow this transfer of the Washington Channel. Either House Bill HR 723 or House Bill HR 2297 will allow the transfer the federal channel to DC.
If you want to retain the Washington Channel anchorage for cruising, we suggest you forward your comments to the US Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore
office. If you are local to DC, attend the rezoning hearing on July 17th and express your views. All voters who want to stop this transfer may contact your Congressman and ask him or her to vote down any attempts to de-federalize the Washington Channel (HR Bill 723, HR Bill 2297)
To respond to Public Notice PN 11-50, you may contact the District Engineer
, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore
District, PO Box 1715, Baltimore, Maryland
21203-1715, US Army Corps of Engineers, or email
the project engineer firstname.lastname@example.org
or call her at (410) 962-4501.
For additional information on the Washington Channel proposal GOOGLE
usace pn 11-50 or use the following url. http://www.nab.usace.army.mil/Wetlan...C/11-00766.pdf
To look at the District of Columbiaís waterfront proposal, GOOGLE
DC pud 11-03 or use the following url. http://planning.dc.gov/DC/Planning/A...Setdown+Report