The Anacostia River runs through the nation's capital. But it took an outside group, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, to bring the river's sorry state to the attention of the people who make and enforce our environmental laws. In a concise report the foundation describes the toxic industrial pollution, raw sewage overflow, street and lawn runoff and trash dumping that have damaged the river. The foundation does offer a plan to restore the river by 2020.
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