10 Years: William O. Douglas Society
The William O. Douglas Society is composed of friends who annually contribute $1,000 or more to the Trust. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas was instrumental in bringing the Canal to prominence in the 1950s. At that time, the Canal was the target of a plan to pave it for a highway. Justice Douglas invited Washington Post reporters to join him on a nine-day walk of the entire 184.5 mile length of the Canal to highlight its beauty and importance. The result was public awareness and preservation efforts that allow us to enjoy its benefits today.