Columbia Island in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Tomorrow is ours to win or lose
Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Today, we proclaim our refusal to be strangled by the wastes of Civilization. Today, we begin to be the masters of our environment.
Lyndon B. Johnson at the signing of the Water Quality Act of 1965
President Johnson stopped here many times and stared out across the Potomac River before returning to the bustle of the city and the stress of the presidency. Having grown up along the banks of the Pedernales River in Texas, it is not surprising that he came to this spot often.
The Potomac River that Lyndon Johnson contemplated - like many of America's rivers - was fouled with chemical runoff and raw sewage. When he signed the Water Quality Act of 1965, he hoped it would be a blueprint for the people of America to reclaim their natural heritage.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Government & Politics • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 52.718′ N, 77° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20037, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Boundary Channel (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Navy and Marine Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Tomb of Remembrance (approx. 0.4 miles away in Virginia); Air Mail (approx. half a mile away); Canada's Gift to the United States (approx. half a mile away); Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Building a Beautiful Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); An Engineering Marvel (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia Island.
More about this marker.
On the Pedernales River in 1967.
The Potomac River upstream of the memorial grove.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 239 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 31, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3. submitted on October 13, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.