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What is in the Potomac River's water?

The Potomac River's drinking water is safe, but chemicals in the river are raising concerns among water quality experts.

Friday - 06/07/2013, 09:53am EDT

Tags: Megan Cloherty, Washington Aqueduct, EPA, Potomac River, swimming in Potomac, Department of Environment, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin

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Herbicides likely source of growing intersex fish problem (Video)

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.

Thursday - 06/06/2013, 08:23am EDT

Tags: Potomac River, intersex fish, USGS, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, Neal Augenstein, farming, prescription drugs

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Fisherman's perspective: Effect of snakeheads and Potomac River's health (Video)

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.

Wednesday - 06/05/2013, 10:22am EDT

Tags: michelle basch, Potomac River, large mouth bass, Potomac fish, Steve Chaconas, fishing, snakehead

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How Blue Plains treats wastewater

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.

Tuesday - 06/04/2013, 01:13pm EDT

Tags: DC Water, Andrew Mollenbeck, Blue Plains Advanced Waste Water Treatment Plant, Potomac River, waste water

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Troubled Waters: About this series

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.

Monday - 06/03/2013, 12:12pm EDT

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Anacostia River: Ugly duckling or blossoming flower? (Video)

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.

Monday - 06/03/2013, 10:46am EDT

Tags: Anacostia River, Brennan Haselton, Anacostia Watershed Society, Jim Foster, water quality, bag tax

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