How far the Potomac River come since its most-polluted years, when President Johnson called it a “disgrace.” It looks so majestic now, rolling past the iconic buildings of Washington, D.C. Yet the thought of touching its water with bare skin remains troubling. And D.C.’s tap water still tastes a little funky. Upstream, waste from farms dumps into its waters, and downstream the detritus of urban life is washed over the banks after heavy rain.
The Potomac Conservancy has downgraded the health of the Potomac River to D, from D+. The AP reports the rationale: “Water quality in the Potomac was already bad and has grown worse in the past five years, as the river responsible f... Read Post
The Potomac is the nation's most endangered river, threatened by storm-water runoff and combined sewer overflows. Without action, warns a new report, the river could again become the "national disgrace" is once was. [ more › ] Read Post
Here are our picks for the top local stories to start your day: Report: Potomac is nation’s most endangered river. An advocacy group says pollution will only get worse if Clean Water Act regulations are rolled back. Read full articl... Read Post