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DC Water Proposes Green Infrastructure

The District's water agency is drilling a huge tunnel under sections of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers through an agreement to end sewer overflow into the rivers. Now DC Water wants to use green infrastructure -- like permeable-pavement bike lanes and rain gardens -- to reduce the need for two more tunnels farther up the Potomac. But some environmentalists are reluctant to give up the tunnels--and their promise of clean rivers--without proof green infrastructure works. Kojo explores the proposal to trade "gray" tunnels for "green" solutions.

Visiting The First Lady Of Clean Rivers

Under the terms of a federally mandated consent decree, DC Water is implementing the $2.6 billion Clean Rivers Project. The first phase of the project is underway and involves constructing a massive underground tunnel system to control combined sewer overflows into the Anacostia River. In this video, DC Water General Manager George Hawkins visits the project's first tunnel boring machine, Lady Bird, on her subterranean job site.

Photo Gallery: Lady Bird In Progress

The Blue Plains Tunnel is beginning to take shape under the Potomac River. DC Water’s Tunnel Boring Machine, nicknamed Lady Bird, has mined about 1,100 feet so far from her launch pit at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. (All photos courtesy DC Water)

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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Citrus In The Snow: Geothermal Greenhouses Grow Local Produce In Winter

Greenhouses could make local fruits and vegetables more available year-round, but they're energy intense. In the Midwest, some growers tap into the Earth's internal heat to warm the structures.
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Don't Forget About Ted Cruz

The Texas senator has largely been out of the headlines after his third-place showing in New Hampshire. But that was not a bad finish for him, and now the calendar is shaping up better for him.
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Do You Like Me? Swiping Leads To Spike In Online Dating For Young Adults

A study by the Pew Research Center finds the use of online dating sites has mushroomed in the past few years, particularly among 18- to 24-year-olds.

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