Dyke Marsh, seen along the George Washington Trail in Alexandria, Va.
Leaders in Northern Virginia are celebrating a new $25 million appropriation for restoring Dyke Marsh in Fairfax County.
Just a few miles north of George Washington's estate at Mount Vernon, environmentalists fear an ecological disaster. A 2010 report from the U.S. Geological Survey concluded that the wetlands are eroding to the point where, within a generation, there will be no more Dyke Marsh.
New Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel arrived at Dyke Marsh today with a rescue package to restore the wetlands to 1937 boundaries.
"Places like this don't create themselves," says Secretary Jewel. "They are created by the wisdom and foresight of elected officials that set them aside."
A plan for restoring Dyke Marsh is expected to be finalized in about a year.