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Debris Skimmer to Clean DC's Waterways
Making local rivers cleaner and safer for everyone is the main objective for DC Water. DC Water operates two trash skimmers five days a week to remove floating debris and trash from the Potomac and Anacostia rivers.
DC Water's Trash HunterTrash Hunter Collecting Floating Debris
The Trash Hunters have full-time crews to pick up debris from 15.4 miles of shoreline. The boats capture and remove 400 tons or more of floating debris and trash each year.

DC Water invested in restoring fabridams to reduce the amount of debris that reaches the waterways. Prior to the restoration of these dams, the DC debris skimmer boats were removing closer to 100 tons of debris per month.

Visit DC Water to learn more.

 
 


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Ground Water May Contain Decades Old Contamination - Nitrogen and phosphorus are the two plant nutrients in sewage and fertilizer that foul the bay, feeding its algae blooms and "dead zones." Both are washed off the land into streams whenever it rains, but nitrogen dissolves in water, so it also soaks down into the soil, ultimately reaching the water table.


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