Crucial restoration work is being carried out at a lock in Derby to help get the city's waterways working again.
Borrowash Bottom Lock was closed in 1965 and buried.
At the moment only ducks can use the canal, but volunteers and local people are hoping to repair the lock's walls so the canal can be filled with water.
Graham Eardley, from the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Society, said he hopes that opening the canals will bolster the county's economy.
"If we can get this lock renovated, we can then put some lock gates on it and start to put water in a small stretch of the canal.
"It adds such a tremendous feature to the Derby and Sandiacre area, and connects the canals at the east and west of Derbyshire, which can only benefit the local economy".
The aim of the work is to join the Derby Canal to the main canal network, forming a 25-mile long fully navigable ring.
It will connect the Erewash Canal at Sandiacre, to the Trent and Mersey Canal at Swarkestone via central Derby.