Nick McWilliams reporting – The Ohio and Erie Canalway has been recognized as a national notable location again.

First certified as a National Heritage Area in 1996 by Congress, the Ohio and Erie Canalway was designated for its significance to the region and the country as a whole.

The recertification is good for 14 years, lasting until 2037, while also increasing the funding cap from $20 million to $22 million.

The increase comes from the passage of National Heritage Area Act, which came from the Senate and Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

The canalway, along with the Towpath Trail which runs over 100 miles through the main portion of it, is responsible for millions of tourism dollars, and is estimated to bring in 2.5 million visitors each year.

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