Today: After a thorough cleaning, we are refilling the Reflecting Pool.

Posted by National Mall and Memorial Parks on Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool along the Mall has been refilled after a deep cleaning, officials said.

The pool’s 7 million gallons were drained earlier this month. About 80 ducklings had died there recently, and officials from the National Park Service had said they believed it was because of a parasite in snails that lived in the water. The pool stretches eight acres.

The pool had sat empty for weeks while the cleaning and treatment were done. People noticed.

Kristine Neece wrote on Facebook, “It was interesting to see it empty yesterday with people walking and biking inside of it. Pretty smelly though!”

And because this is Washington, there were political comments related to cleaning the pool.

Marcie Scholz wrote on Facebook, “Does that mean Trump and his family left the White House? The swamp is not clean until he’s gone!”

For a time, when the pool was being cleaned, some of the ducks were offered a plastic pool inside the Reflecting Pool.

One more night in the guest cottage for the ducklings; refilling of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool delayed until tomorrow.

Posted by National Mall and Memorial Parks on Friday, June 16, 2017

Most of the ducks were relocated while the pool was cleaned and treated.

Park Staff, City Wildlife, and DC Animal Control have been working together to keep the many ducklings and their parents...

Posted by National Mall and Memorial Parks on Thursday, June 15, 2017