After decades of effort, the voluntary, collaborative approach to restoring the health and vitality of the Chesapeake Bay— the largest estuary in the United States—has not worked and, in fact, is failing. A diverse group of 57 senior scientists and policymakers have joined forces to save the Bay. This is our plan.

Scientists, Lawmakers To Take the Plunge for Clean Water

A small group of the scientists, lawmakers, and other concerned citizens behind this blog are planning to jump into the Anacostia River this coming Thursday, June 30, 10 a.m., to mark the passing of yet another year that we as a nation have failed to meet the deadline set by the Clean Water Act to have all rivers fishable and swimmable by July 1, 1983.

(I don’t know about you, but I get the cold shakes if I miss a deadline by a day. It takes a certain kind of chutzpah to miss a deadline by 28 years.)

If you are in the area, we hope you’ll come out to watch the action, and to listen to some of the luminaries behind the Chesapeake Bay Action Plan discuss what must be done if we are to restore the Chesapeake Bay, and all of our nation’s waterways.

Our little group plans to take a dip in a still toxic–if recovering–river here in our nation’s capital. It’s not safe, and possibly not wise. We hope to awaken a public far too used to the status quo.

Clean water should not be a luxury, should not be something you have to buy, or import in a water jug. Clean water is a fundamental human and civil right. And we’re here to remind people of that fact.

Please join us on Thursday. Invite your friends!

Where: Bladensburg Waterfront Park

For more info, contact: Contact: Jim Foster, president, Anacostia Watershed Society, (301) 699-6204 ext. 105; (443) 994-9377(c);

See our invitation for more details.

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