Navy Yard in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Water, Water Everywhere
Washington Canal Park's linear rain garden, which covers the eastern portion of the park, hearkens back to the historic canal. Like the old canal, it collects stormwater. But there the comparison ends. Today's rain garden uses the latest technology to allow the park to deal with the difficulties of city rainwater and help sustain our environment by filtering stormwater runoff.
Before the city developed roads, buildings, and sidewalks, rain would soak into the ground. There plant roots would take up the water they needed to thrive. Modern urbanization, however, paved over and covered the ground with impermeable surfaces and removed vegetation. As a result, heavy rains can overwhelm the city's combined sewers causing sewage and other pollutants to overflow into our rivers.
Here at the park, under the plantings, pavilions, and walkways, lies a network of storm drain pipes, storage tanks, pumps and filtering systems. Using these techniques, Canal Park directs stormwater away from combined sewers, and reduces urban pollution to the Anacostia River. The park not only takes care of stormwater from its own boundary, but also collects, filters and reuses stormwater from adjacent properties. Most of the stored water is used for irrigating the park. The water is also used for the fountains, the ice rink and for toilet
Erected by Canal Park, Capitol Riverfront, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, One City, District of Columbia Housing Authority.
Location. 38° 52.596′ N, 77° 0.202′ W. Marker is in Navy Yard, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on M Street Southeast near 2nd Place SE. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 202 M Street SE, Washington DC 20003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1937 (a few steps from this marker); 1932 (a few steps from this marker); 1925 (a few steps from this marker); 1927 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1926 (within shouting distance of this marker); Ship's Propeller, Airplane Propeller, Truck Wheel (within shouting distance of this marker); Taxiway Guidance Sign, Crossing Gate and Flashing Light Signal, Channel Marking Buoy (within shouting distance of this marker); 1922 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Navy Yard.
Categories. • Environment • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 2, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.