Health Hazards of Open Sewage in City Canal

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The city canal on the north side of the grounds has become a nuisance. The health and well-being of visitors is threatened due to the dumping of sewage in the canal. Secretary Joseph Henry urges the Board of Regents to exert influence to have part of the width of the canal filled and the other portion converted to a covered sewer.


  • Board of Regents
  • Board of Regents


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Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1862. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1863, p. 39.

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February, 1863


  • Architecture
  • Canals
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Grounds
  • Facilities
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction

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