15 May '12, 2pm

Potomac River Named as America’s Most Endangered River of 2012

Potomac River Named as America’s Most Endangered River of 2012

The naming of the Potomac river, which flows through our nation's capital, as America's Most Endangered River in 2012 is an strong indication of our need for more clean water protection, and a wake-up call that we need to continue working hard for clean water and healthy rivers and streams. Back in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson referred to the Potomac river as "a national disgrace", because at the time, the river was a cesspool of industrial chemicals and sewage. This sentiment by President Johnson was one of the catalysts for the Clean Water Act of 1972 , which has been working to protect and preserve rivers such as the Potomac for the last 40 years. But the hard work isn't over yet, as many streams and rivers are still under attack from industrial pollution, increasing water withdrawals, and natural gas and coal developments. Every year since 1986, American Rivers ha...

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