WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Potomac River, once so polluted that President Johnson called it ‘national disgrace’, seems to be heading back in that direction.
The ‘Nation’s River’ supplies drinking water for over 5 million people in the D.C. metropolitan area and runs a distance of 382 total miles, providing plenty of opportunity for bad drinking water.
For years the pollution levels in the river have been improving, but for the second year in a row, that progress has regressed. University of Maryland gave the Potomac a grade of D in 2011, and is doing say again in 2012.
Agricultural and urban runoff has been a growing problem contributing to the recent downward spiral of the Potomac’s health and Congress is considering lightening restrictions designed to protect it with the Clean Water Act.
American Rivers named the Potomac River the #1 Most Endangered River in the country due to the threat of these clean water rollbacks.
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