World Canal Conference in China issues statement on Canal in Danger in Richmond, VA

Editors Note: The following email was received from Bill Trout:

To be proposed for approval on September …


WHEREAS, the James River Canal is an important historic landmark:
the first towpath canal system with locks in the United States,
first constructed while George Washington was the canal company’s
honorary president;
that the World Canals Conference at its 25th annual meeting, in
Yangzhou, China, urges the people of Richmond, Virginia, to prevent
further destruction of this canal at Tredegar and Ethyl, and to preserve,
restore and interpret, and wisely use, this valuable amenity for Virginia
and her visitors to use and enjoy for ever.


W.E. Trout III
Beijing, China
September 16, 2012