Repairs set for Reflecting Pool
A key federal agency has approved plans to refurbish the Lincoln Memorial’s grounds and reengineer its leaking reflecting pool to draw water from the Tidal Basin instead of using city water.
The National Capital Planning Commission approved the plan Thursday. It will be funded with about $30 million in federal stimulus funds.
National Park Service spokesman Bill Line says construction will likely begin in the fall. The reflecting pool will be closed to the public for up to two years.
Rather than use millions of gallons of drinking water, a new system will be built to pump river water from the Tidal Basin. It will be filtered and treated to give it a clear appearance.
New walkways will be built along the pool where grass has been worn away by millions of visitors.
-- Associated Press
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