I Like the New Honesty

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For quite a while all the “Don’t Dump” signs had been to the Chesapeake but over the past few months I’ve noticed these new signs. The one’s I’ve seen have been around 11th Street near U St. Not that I don’t like the Chesapeake but I’m glad we’re starting to embrace the Anacostia River as well.  These signs may not be as fancy as the Chesapeake ones but I love ’em even more for it.

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  • Um, the Anacostia eventually empties in the Chesapeake, so both signs are correct.

  • Prince Of Petworth

    Point still remains. I’m glad the Anacostia is getting some proper recognition.

  • sir margla,

    the point was about local love.. the immediate impact.

  • local love aside.. folks living around here might be more aware of how delicate estuaries are, and the importance and currently precarious condition of the Chesapeake. Anacostia has been a ‘sewer’ river since the DC was an Indian settlement, through D.C. initial construction and today. The local thing is cool.. but personally I’d be more sensitive to the idea of the Chesapeake than to the Anacostia. Seems kinda odd urging residents to not pollute the Anacostia, when the city’s laws/regs allow industrial pollution and our sewage infrastructure is purposefully designed to dump into it.

  • p.s. – I know some of my food comes directly from the Chesapeake. I KNOW none of it comes directly from the Anacostia. The ‘important sentiment’ in old markers just seems a little more tangible.

  • I agree 100% on the ecological impacts of dumping in catch basins, but the more immediate problem is drainage of the roadway. DC has a combined storm and sanitary sewer system so if we get heavy rains and the catch basins are clogged with garbage/debris/leaves/etc then backups occur, flooding ensues with possible sewage backups and it is a mess. I am all for more information so that people don’t use the catch basins as a trash can.

  • It doesn’t have to be an either/or thing – don’t dump into drainage marked as leading toward the Anacostia and don’t dump in drainage marked as going to the Chesapeake! My great grandfather used to fish in the Anacostia around a century ago – the idea that it has always been a ‘dump’ (excuse the pun) is thus questionable to me.

  • Like either sign makes a bit of difference to the average littering DC resident.

  • WOAH WOAH WOAH Ray Swore:
    NO. The Anacostia has by no means always been a sewer or a dump. And we do not dump raw sewage in the Anacostia. You need to be better informed about how our country’s water infrastructure works.
    For one, we do have one of the largest sewage plants in the nation, but they are required by law to only discharge water that is clean. They’re not pumping raw sewage back into the Anacostia. Also, everywhere there are people? There is sewage. Where do you think it goes in other places? In the rest of the 6-state Chesapeake Bay watershed? It goes back into the water, once cleaned. Then! Shocker! We pull that water out again downstream, clean it oncemore, and it’s your drinking water.
    And more importantly, if protecting the Bay is your thing, the Anacostia is a huge tributary to the Chesapeake, and is certainly a leading toxic input into the the Bay. But that’s not necessarily totally a sewage issue. Some of it is, for sure, due to heavy rains and overflows, but also urban stormwater runoff shuttles a whole lot of junk into the Anacostia that eventually makes it unswimmable.
    Saying it’s just a sewer, though, shows a pretty great misunderstanding of our waters and what they could be, particularly if the District could have more green space and less trash and toxics coming off our roads and into those storm grates.

  • I would like a sign like that at the corner of Lamont St NW and 6th St NW — filled with trash.

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