The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) began draining a section of the Delaware Canal in New Hope Monday morning to facilitate repairs to the historic waterway.
The area affected lies between the aqueduct over the Ingham Creek and Lock 11 at the southern end of downtown New Hope.
Rick Dalton of the DCNR said that lowering the water level along that chronically leaky segment of canal will afford a better view of the problem, and facilitate potential repairs.
DCNR workers placed a temporary dam at the aqueduct to help leave water north of that point undisturbed.
Dalton also said his crew would be netting larger aquatic life Monday in the affected area for release nearby.
The section of Delaware Canal near Lock 11 and the Locktender’s House has traditionally been a source of leakage, with several repairs over recent years.