I found the information in the article "Va. Officials, FBI Probe Spill Into Potomac" {Metro, Dec. 14} quite disturbing. I kayak on the Potomac River, and more than 2,500 gallons of petroleum being dumped into the water in which I paddle frightens me. I am sure that all who kayak, canoe, windsurf and sail on the Potomac feel the same way. When I flip over, when I need to step into the water and when I want to take a quick swim, I do not want to have to worry about "a mixture of volatile petroleum product, including chlorinated hydrocarbons" covering my body.

During the first half of the 20th century, the pollution of the Potomac made the river extremely dangerous. One could not touch the water without fear of catching some disease. But with the growing number of clean-water laws prohibiting the dumping of hazardous wastes, the Potomac slowly cleared up. Now when I am out on the river, I feel comfortable. I do not fear the water, and I do not wish to fear the water in the future.

I realize that the FBI is investigating this incident. I sincerely hope that the culprits are caught and fined severely for their blatant violation of the law. All of us who use the Potomac cannot tolerate the destruction of our beloved waterway. I can only hope that my grandsons and granddaughters will be able to enjoy the river as much as I have.