Forbes secures #036;2.6 million for Great Dismal Swamp

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Staff Report

Projects associated with the Great Dismal Swamp, part of which is located in Suffolk, have been funding at more than $2.6 million in federal funding.

&uot;The funding of these projects is truly an indication of the great economic, historical, and recreational appeal of the Dismal Swamp Canal,&uot; U. S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes said.

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&uot;It has been a pleasure to work the many people committed to the future of the Dismal Swamp and I’m exited that the opportunities and plans that have been made will become realities with this funding.&uot;

Forbes requested and secured funding from the House Appropriations Committee for the following projects:

-$785,000 for the continued operation of the Dismal Swamp Canal Route.

This funding will be utilized by the Corps of Engineers for the regular dredging and maintenance expenses as well as routine operation costs of the Dismal Swamp Canal.

-$1,750,000 for the construction of the Dismal Swamp Trail.

This funding will be used for the conversion of the existing roadway along approximately 8 miles of Rt. 17 into a recreational trail facility for biking, horseback riding, exercise, and nature walks, as well as to preserve the important historical roots of the Dismal Swamp Canal.

-$100,000 for a feasibility study of the Dismal Swamp Canal.

This funding will allow the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a study of flooding in the Great Dismal Swamp.