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The Potomac River's drinking water is safe, but chemicals in the river are raising concerns among water quality experts.
Ten years after the discovery of the first intersex fish in the Potomac River, leading researchers are closing in on the chemicals and sources producing fish with immature eggs in the sex organs of male smallmouth and largemouth bass. The research suggests the cause is not what researchers initially thought -- the flushing of prescription drugs.
Potomac River fishing guide Steve Chaconas takes WTOP out on the river for a closer look at the health of the fish and the health of the river.
Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Southeast is the largest plant of its kind anywhere in the world, treating about 370 million gallons of water every day.
Over the years, it and its tributaries have been plagued with problems -- from pollution and chemical contamination to raw sewage and fish turning up with characteristics of both sexes.
On a two-hour ride on the Anacostia River, Jim Foster with the Anacostia Watershed Society points out the beauty of the river and the challenges it continually faces.
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