Working to Improve the River

Working to Improve the River (HM2D11)

Location: Oxon Hill, MD 20745 Prince George's County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 47.566', W 77° 1.467'

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In the mid-1960s, the water quality of the Potomac River was unhealthy. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson called the river a "national disgrace." Development and public neglect had allowed the river to become polluted with sediment, sewage, and industrial waste. Through the efforts of federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit organizations and concerned citizens, the Potomac River is making a remarkable comeback.

AS many as 15 million herring were stocked upstream to imprint on new spawning territory in Rock Creek and Anacostia River tributaries.

"Fish ladders" enabling spawning fish to cross 23 man-made barriers were created on Rock Creek and Anacostia River Tributaries.

Stream banks were restored and four acres of wetland created in Alexandria.

More than 140 acres of woodlands were planted or preserved in Prince George's County

Twenty-two acres of river grasses were planted in the lower Potomac.

An 84-acre bald eagle sanctuary was established in Prince George's County.

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project Environmental Initiatives
More than 50 million dollars was spent as part of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge construction to improve the health of the Potomac River and its tributaries. Important ecological restoration

projects were funded through the region.

Ways you can improve the health of the river:
Conserve Water = less water that needs to be treated at drinking water and sewage treatment plants

Reduce Electricity Consumption = less burning of fossil fuels which release toxic substances that impact forests, fish and water quality

Reduce Use of Chemicals = less toxic run-off from household, lawn and garden chemicals that can end up in our water and harm fish, wildlife, and people
HM NumberHM2D11
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Date Added Monday, December 24th, 2018 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 324181 N 4295726
Decimal Degrees38.79276667, -77.02445000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 47.566', W 77° 1.467'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 47' 33.96" N, 77° 1' 28.02" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near I-95, Oxon Hill MD 20745, US
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