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Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 11/11/2011

DeLunchtime Links: The Potomac gets a D

The Potomac River waterfront at Foggy Bottom, Washington. Photo by Jeffrey Porter/For The Washington Post. (Jeffrey Porter - The Washington Post)
The Potomac Conservancy has downgraded the health of the Potomac River to D, from D+. The AP reports the rationale: “Water quality in the Potomac was already bad and has grown worse in the past five years, as the river responsible for much of the District of Columbia’s drinking water faces upstream pressures from forest loss and farming and downstream stress from growing development. ... The conservancy said progress has been made in the past five years, but not enough to get ahead of the growing problems.”

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