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Potomac sewage overflow point in Northwest Washington, DC.
Elliott Francis
Potomac sewage overflow point in Northwest Washington, DC.

Approximately 200 area environmentalists are trying to achieve the goal of a trash free Potomac by 2013.

The 4th annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit assembled a collection of environmentalists from all around the region. Most here, have one goal in mind.

"It is up to us as individuals to make sure that we keep the trash out of the water," said environmentalist, author and keynote speaker for the event Colin Brevin. Later he led me to a particularly troublesome area of the Potomac river, adjacent to K street in Northwest D.C.

"What we're standing next to is the combined sewer overflow, said Brevin. "The combined sewage which is both rainwater and our sewage ends up in the river...and carrying with it all the plastic and waste paper on our streets into the river and the aquatic environment."

Members of the summit are encouraging local leaders to generate and pass laws to support their initiative and are organizing cleanup events. The first, the Potomac River Watershed cleanup, will take place in March 2010.

Elliott Francis reports...

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