Navy Yard in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Clean Rivers Project
Water Is Life
Rain is good for rivers, right? Not always. When heavy rains overwhelm storm drains, rainwater mixes with sewage, and the heavily polluted result—called Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs)—winds up in Rock Creek,, the Potomac, and the Anacostia. But DC Water's Clean Rivers Project is putting a stop to the pollution.
Before the project began, sewers overflowed into the Anacostia about 75 times a year, sending about 1½ billion gallons of polluted water into the river. Through a variety of remedies, the project aims to reduce that amount by 98%.
Say No to Overflow
The problem of storm sewers overflowing into the Anacostia River is big, but so is the solution. Tunnels the size of those that carry Metro trains are being built, and will send the polluted water to be treated and cleaned before it's released to the Potomac.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Environment • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 52.36′ N, 77° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Play (here, next to this marker); Restore and Connect (a few steps from this marker); Historic Pumping Station (a few steps from this marker); Foundry (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lumber Shed (about 500 feet away); Twelve12 (about 500 feet away); The Bixby (about 500 feet away); USDOT (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Navy Yard.
Also see . . . Clean Rivers Project. (Submitted on February 15, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 15, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.