Potomac Rated America's Most Endangered River | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Potomac Rated America's Most Endangered River

Play associated audio
American Rivers is calling for Congress to take action before wildlife like the osprey can no longer live along the Potomac.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dc/5809967267/
American Rivers is calling for Congress to take action before wildlife like the osprey can no longer live along the Potomac.

Every year since 1986, an advocacy organization known as American Rivers has issued a report on the state of the nation's rivers. This year, the Potomac River earns the dubious distinction of being the most endangered river in the country as a result of threats from pollution and development.

"When a member of Congress makes his or her morning cup of coffee, they are drinking Potomac River water," says American Rivers president Bob Irvin. "So we all should be concerned about the quality of that water."

The report notes the Potomac is cleaner than it used to be, although it's still threatened by urban and agricultural pollution. Irvin says that is a problem that could get much worse if Congress rolls back critical clean water safeguards.

"We actually have situations now where many of the male fish found in the Potomac River carry eggs," says Irvin. "That's not the way nature intended it."

Another nearby waterway is on the top-10 list of endagered rivers. According to the organization, West Virginia's Coal River is threatened by mountaintop removal mining.

NPR

How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

Arthur Allen's new book The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.
NPR

A Spicy Take On An Old Standby: This Ketchup's Ripe For Return

When life gives you tomatoes, make ketchup. With those fruits of the vine in season, All Things Considered reaches into the archives for a tomato ketchup recipe.
NPR

Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere

Pensions have long enjoyed strong legal protections, but recent bankruptcy cases suggest this might be changing. As a result, cities and states might ask more workers to accept a little less.
NPR

9/11 Commission Issues An Update On Anniversary Of Report

Saying that the world has changed "dramatically," the report's authors write that al-Qaida groups have spread, and the threat for cyberterrorism has grown.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.