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Improperly setting out trash for curbside pick up, littering, and illegal dumping all contribute to poor stream water quality and urban blight In Capitol Heights. We're working with community leaders and the Town of Capitol Heights to raise awareness about the negative impacts on streams and the community from these poor waste disposal practices. Water from Capitol Heights’ streets and storm drains flow directly to the Watts Branch, a tributary of the Anacostia, carrying loads of pollutants including trash. This polluted runoff flows down the Anacostia and out to the Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay. According to the Washington Metropolitan of Council of Government’s 2010 Anacostia Watershed Restoration Plan and Report, the Watts Branch has one of the highest trash loads in the Anacostia watershed.
kick coal ash
The Senate has tried time and time again to make it harder to protect our communities from coal ash. So far, we've been able to stop them. These various bills have failed to provide meaningful protections to the thousands of communities living near dangerous coal ash dumps. The latest bill (S. 3512 - which is "dead" would have permanently barred the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from ever establishing enforceable standards to protect human health and the environment from harmful coal ash pollution. We expect to a similar bill introduced in the new Congress.
During the Civil War the Federal government damaged the watershed through deforestation – clearing trees to facilitate the construction of various facilities. Military activities in the 19th and 20th century at the Navy Yard and other sites discharged chemicals and other materials into the river, and this toxic contamination has been a major issue for decades. These materials and chemicals are highly toxic and settled in to the sediment of the river. This has resulted in fish developing tumors and has made the water unsafe to drink, swim in, or eat from.
thank you representative norton!
Thank you Eleanor Holmes Norton for standing up for clean water in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. During a Committee debate on a bill (HR 4965) to block Administration progress on closing gaps in Clean Water Act Protection, Rep. Norton offered an alternative amendment. The amendment would have ensured that drinking water was protected.
While the amendment was defeated and the HR 4965 passed, Representative Norton's amendment showed that she's a true Clean Water Leaders who stands for people, not polluters! Stand with Representative Norton and support the President's Clean Water Policies today
join our friends at the clean water network for the first-ever earth day float-in
FLOAT-IN, be counted & fight for Clean Water! Join people from across the region and country to protect the Anacostia and all of our nation’s water at the First Annual Float-In Earth Day. The Float-In marks the 40th anniversary of The Clean Water Act and it's an opportunity to celebrate our country’s beautiful rivers, lakes, streams, creeks, bays and coastal areas. It's our chance to say NO to attempts by polluters and their allies in Congress to slow our nation's clean water progress.