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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.
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
Clean Water Action welcomes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal for controlling carbon pollution from new and modified power plants. “EPA is taking common sense steps to protect people from air pollution and climate change and to lead the way to a clean energy future,” said Clean Water Campaigns Director, Lynn Thorp.
we can’t live without clean water
It’s that simple. But sometimes, the people we elect seem to forget that. And they’ve been forgetting it a lot lately in Washington, DC and in too many of our state capitals.