Celebrating LA LEY DE AGUA LIMPIA

In 1972, seven years after President Johnson called the Potomac River a “national disgrace,” an enlightened Congress passed the Clean Water Act on a bipartisan vote to override President Nixon’s veto and made clean water a national priority.

In 2022, fifty years later, we commemorated that commitment to make our rivers, lakes and coastal waters cleaner and healthier places to swim, fish and drinkable.  We recognized that although there undeniably is work still to be done, we also celebrated the role Potomac Riverkeeper Network has in protecting and defending the Potomac and Shenandoah watersheds. Lea más sobre nuestras historias de éxito aquí.

Crédito de la foto: Biblioteca del Congreso

A key goal of our celebration of the anniversary and our promotion of our Campaña de Potomac para nadar was to secure a commitment from  Mayor Bowser and the DC Council to lift the long-standing ban on swimming in DC waters and to begin to identify safe places for everyone in DC to swim in the future.  So we started, on World Water Day in March, with an event that featured Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton and other dignitaries to announce our petition drive to call on the Mayor and DC Council to act. Dean Naujoks, our Potomac Riverkeeper, was a media star in the press coverage that resulted!

We are happy to report that legislation was passed that mandates the study of possible swimming beaches in DC, AND the DC government acknowledges that lifting the swim ban is their goal!

Diseño de Twig Murray

Celebrar
las victorias!

Past, Present and
Future of Our Rivers

Ley de Agua Limpia
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“Old Arlington Beach – 1927” Copyright © por Paul McGehee. Usado con permiso del artista www.paulmcgeheeart.com.

El río Potomac ha jugado un papel increíble en la historia de nuestra nación. Verificar esta línea de tiempo desde la época precolonial hasta el presente y más allá y lo que PRKN y muchos otros han hecho durante los últimos 50 años para hacer que el río sea apto para nadar, pescar y beber.

Clean Water Act 1972-2022

No siempre hemos tratado bien al River ni con el respeto que se merece. Redoblemos nuestros esfuerzos para asegurarnos de que los ríos Potomac y Shenandoah del futuro sean aptos para pescar, nadar y brindar agua potable segura para todos.

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