Legislation to Study Safe Public Swimming Sites in the Potomac River Applauded by PRKN

Gracias a la representante Eleanor Holmes Norton por su liderazgo al solicitar un estudio para identificar ubicaciones para playas públicas

Washington DC – December 22Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) commended Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D – DC) for sponsoring and the U.S. Congress for passing legislation to identify public swimming beach locations in the Potomac River in the District of Columbia, PRKN President Nancy Stoner announced today.

“Thanks to leadership by Congresswoman Holmes Norton, the final version of the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA), passed today, contains provisions authorizing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a study on the feasibility of safe swimming in the Potomac and Anacostia rivers in D.C,” said Stoner.

Dean Najuoks, Potomac Riverkeeper, when asked about the legislation’s importance to recreation, said, “As a result of the Congresswoman’s bills to redevelop the Southwest and Southeast waterfronts, community engagement with the water has been reinvigorated.  Studying the feasibility of swimming in the Potomac is the next logical step to maximize the benefits of D.C.’s beautiful waterways.”

 The Water Resources Development Act would mandate a feasibility study, to be completed no later than 36 months after enactment, to assess and consider open water swimming access in the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers in DC with consideration of water quality, current, security, and other water safety considerations, and the practicality of public access, transportation, and other necessities to support public swimming access.

Stoner concluded, “Swimming in our local river is a right too long denied to DC residents and visitors. PRKN’s three year old Monitoreo de la calidad del agua program and the reports it publishes have demonstrated that the water is frequently safe for human contact.  Now, what we need is for the DC government to lift the ban on swimming and to create open, public beaches with daily monitoring for water safety so that everyone can enjoy swimming in our hometown rivers.” 

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Potomac Riverkeeper Network es una organización sin fines de lucro 501(c)3 registrada con tres sucursales regionales de Waterkeeper: Potomac Riverkeeper, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper y Shenandoah Riverkeeper. Nuestra misión es proteger el derecho del público al agua limpia en los ríos Potomac y Shenandoah y sus afluentes. Detenemos la contaminación para mejorar la seguridad de nuestra agua potable, proteger los hábitats saludables de los ríos y mejorar el uso y disfrute público.

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