Mayor Euille explains that the Waterfront Plan is eco-friendly and address threats to the health of the Potomac River.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
To the Editor: Over the last week, the media and local activists have tried use an environmental group’s ranking of the Potomac as “America’s #1 Endangered River” as evidence against the City’s Waterfront Plan. To set the record straight: the Waterfront Plan comprehensively addresses the major threats to the health of the Potomac River. In fact, each of the Plan’s major initiatives will substantially reduce, not increase, negative impacts on the environment. The changes proposed in the Plan combine government actions and requirements on private development to significantly reduce pollution caused by stormwater runoff and improve the quality of the water that enters the Potomac. Just in the Waterfront’s “core area,” from Robinson Terminal …
American Rivers' annual list puts Potomac River at the top, citing concerns about whether Congress will weaken the Clean Water Act.
The Potomac River is one of “America’s 10 Most Endangered Rivers,” according to an American Rivers list released Tuesday. “The Potomac is threatened by agricultural and urban pollution that will only get worse if Congress rolls back national clean water protections,” reported American Rivers, a national non-profit conservation organization. American Rivers receives nominations for its America’s Most Endangered Rivers report from river advocacy and conservation groups and residents nationwide. It chooses its annual 10 Most Endangered Rivers based on: The Potomac River has made significant improvements in cleanliness since the 1960s and 1970s. “Today, however, the Potomac is still threatened by pollution from agricultural and urban runoff …