Unknown Spill on the Anacostia

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 4:01pm

oil spillLast night there were reports of an oil spill on the Anacostia between Benning Rd and the 11th St Bridge. Tests today do not confirm the presence of petroleum products but there is still a distinct discoloration in the water. What exactly the pollution is or its source is unknown. Polluted runoff from recent heavy rains is one potential cause.

Anacostia Riverkeeper Dotie Yunger says, "For decades, the Anacostia River has used been for industrial purposes. As a result, the river and its communities continue suffer the resulting  environmental and health impacts.  This spill in the river is a tragic example of this legacy of disregard for a critical natural resource in our region."

For more information, check out the following:

 

U.S. Coast Guard to Handle Anacostia River Fuel Spill

Oil Spill in Anacostia River