Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Homicide detectives were called to investigate
WASHINGTON DC -- DC fire boats pulled a man's body from the Potomac River near Hains Point in Southwest Tuesday afternoon, according to the Washington Post. The Washington Times reports that police received reports of a jumper shortly before the man's body was found near the 14th Street Bridge. Officer Paul Metcalf, a police spokesman, told the Post that homicide detectives were called to investigate. Authorities have not identified the man or indicated whether there were any signs of trauma.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
American Rivers has issued an annual report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers since 1986.
The Potomac River is America's "Most Endangered River" according to environmental watchdog organization, American Rivers. The Potomac is at the number one slot in part to get the attention of policymakers about the evolving threats to rivers and the continuing importance of the Clean Water Act 40 years after it became law. “When members of Congress fill a glass of water or drink their morning coffee, that water comes from the Potomac River. It’s time to draw the clear connections between healthy rivers, drinking water, and public health in Washington, D.C., and in communities nationwide,” Bob Irvin, president of American Rivers, said in a prepared statement The Potomac, which runs some 380 miles across five states, was number one on the …
Monday, February 13, 2012
The National Park Service has planned a public workshop for Mar. 3, place and time to be determined.
The National Park Service (NPS) has scheduled a four-hour, public workshop for Mar. 3 on the feasibility study for a non-motorized boathouse zone along the Potomac River in Georgetown. NPS has worked with key stakeholders since the initial announcement in December 2011 and will share findings from those meetings while considering public input at the March workshop. The study area runs from 34th Street to about 1,200 feet upstream of the Key Bridge. NPS first proposed a non-motorized boat zone for the area in 1986. Since that time several iterations and stages of the plan have advanced only to later stall. Georgetown University (GU) has previously designed a boathouse for the area and even went through the Environmental Assessment process …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The Bay Restoration Fund grant will go the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
The Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant in Southwest D.C. will receive an infusion of $104 million thanks to a grant from the Maryland Board of Public Works. The monies will go toward the $950 million nitrogen-removal program that D.C. Water recently broke ground on. The Blue Plains facility serves the District, Md. and Va. for a total of 726 square miles of coverage and has the capacity to treat 370 million gallons of wastewater a day. "Upgrades at the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant, the single largest point source of nitrogen to the Chesapeake Bay, are an essential part of our plan to clean up the Potomac River and the Bay,” said Governor O'Malley in a press release. The grant, given to the Washington Suburban Sanitary …
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The buoy sits in the Potomac river far south of Georgetown in Maryland.
Drivers on U.S. 301 crossing the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge in Maryland might have noticed a yellow buoy, bobbing in the Potomac River. Since October, the new solar-powered buoy has been sending signals to Intellicheck Mobilisa, a developer of identity and wireless security systems. Vital information about the river is then passed on to federal agencies including the Department of the Navy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), among others. The buoy is one of only eight of its kind currently in use. The other seven are stationed on the Puget Sound. They collect environmental and security data and use the company’s Wireless Over Water (WOW) technology to transmit the data to the shore Network Operations …
Friday, July 1, 2011
Arlington, Alexandria and D.C. Fire Departments are responding to a hazardous material situation on the Potomac River.
Updated 4:10 p.m. The substance that prompted the hazmat response on the Potomac river was likely "some sort of diesel fuel" or similar substance that flowed into the Potomac from Arlington storm water runoff, according to Sergeant David Schlosser, the public information officer for the United States Park Police. Schlosser said there are booms up to prevent the product from spreading farther into the river and the booms are being adjusted with the tide. He was not certain how much of the substance had reached the river, "once it's on the water, it is very hard to make an estimate." The important thing, said Schlosser, is that there is "a very very small amount of the product" in the river and the "lion's share was stopped" by the booms. …
Monday, May 23, 2011
Three teenagers were rescued from the Potomac River near Georgetown late Sunday evening.
Three teenagers, two males and one female, were rescued from the swift waters of the Potomac River just after 9 p.m. Sunday. One was rescued along the Georgetown Waterfront, the other two managed to swim to Roosevelt Island where they were rescued by an emergency boat. All three were transported to a local hospital as a precaution, though one of the young men was a priority two transport for hypothermia. The two who made it to Roosevelt Island initially hid from rescuers because they were worried about getting in trouble, said Pete Piringer, the spokesperson for D.C. Fire and EMS (FEMS). They were right. All three were issued citations by the United States Park Police for illegally entering the Potomac and violating the "no swimming, no …
Monday, April 18, 2011
High tide Monday night could have resulted in additional flooding conditions in Georgetown.
Updated 11:51 p.m. D.C. Alerts sent out a message stating that no additional flooding occurred Monday night. "The DPW detail is over at 2330 hours. MPD (2D) reports that the water did not reach K ST NW and no issue to report." Original Post: After the Washington Harbour flooded Monday morning, authorities are now issuing warnings about overnight flooding Monday into Tuesday. High tide for the Georgetown waterfront area is 9:13 p.m. Monday and again 9:27 a.m. Tuesday. The flood wall is now up on the Harbour and sandbags have been placed on key corners on K Street. According to D.C. Fire and EMS merchants along K Street were warned of potential flooding. Miftah Sherefa, the parking manager for the Colonial Parking lots below A.I.R., said his…
Monday, November 15, 2010
Georgetown's historic nature means old sewers, but that will change over the next 15 years with a $2.6 billion project.
The D.C. Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant is a small wonder and a friend of the environment. At least that's what DC Water General Manager George Hawkins tried to express to a group of reporters recently. But Georgetown's outdated sewer system leaves something to be desired. Changes coming over the next 15 years will allow Blue Plains to process more wastewater and improve the quality of the Potomac River. The Blue Plains facility in SW D.C. serves the District, MD and VA for a total of 726 square miles of coverage and has the capacity to treat 370 million gallons of wastewater a day. In D.C. alone, DC Water operates 1,800 miles of sanitary and combined sewers. Georgetown's historic buildings and the age of the established…