Chesapeake Unscripted: What are we doing to protect our rivers? (Washington, DC)

We asked people in Washington, DC what they think is being done to help protect their local rivers.

We asked people around Washington, DC what they think is being done to protect their local rivers, and what things we should all be doing to help keep our water clean.

  • Produced by Steve Droter
  • Music/Audio: "Old Man Blanchard" by Josh Woodward

Comments (3)

Chesapeake Bay Program
July 12, 2019

It is not recommended to put water that comes from mixing cement into storm drains as it becomes a slurry containing toxic metals, and is considered caustic and corrosive. It can harm aquatic species and interfere with their reproduction. It is advised to collect and retain all the concrete washout water and solids in leak proof containers, so the material doesn’t reach the soil surface, and then migrate to surface waters or into ground water and recycle 100 percent of the collected concrete washout water and solids. You can visit this fact sheet for more information: https://www3.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/concretewashout.pdf

Dolores Pomles
July 09, 2019

Is it a good practice to put water from mixing cement in storm drain

Nick Carter
February 05, 2014

This video reinforces my long-standing belief that there’s a vast sea of ignorance out there, vis-a-vis environmental problems and efforts to deal with them.  For decades I have run into people who’ve never even heard of the Chesapeake Bay Program. The implications for education and correction aren’t too damned encouraging, let alone pushbacks from the (hopefully) regulated community. Your work is cut out for you.

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