Freshwater is one of our planets most precious resources. Though our planet is blue, only 2.5% of its water is freshwater – water that we depend on to drink, grow our crops and provide healthy habitats for the fish we eat. But excess and carelessness is putting our water at risk. The average American is responsible for using 752,000 gallons per year and industrial waste has made even touching some waterways unsafe.
On Thursday, June 5 join CarbonfreeDC and the Do It For DC Challenge for a catered happy hour and panel discussion on what can be done to reclaim our nation’s rivers and streams – and discover how you can do your part in your own home and neighborhood.
Chris Weiss, Executive Director for the DC Environmental Network will talk about DC efforts to clean up and improve the Anacostia River, Potomac River and Rock Creek. Annually over 1.6 billion gallons of raw sewage and rainwater flow into our cities rivers, due to a badly designed sewer system. Chris will talk about the challenges and successes in cleaning up local rivers to make them swimmable and fishable.
Jennifer Peters from Clean Water Action will then expand the conversation to look at the biggest threats to water quality nationally, exploring the impacts of industrial water pollution, fracking, agriculture, development and climate change on our nation’s water.
Finally, Trey Sherard from the Anacostia Riverkeepers will make a plug for why you should get involved in protecting our local waterways.
Join us for clean drinks, food and engaging conversation.
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