The article highlighted this success story, but it failed to fully capture the fragility of this progress. We are nearing a tipping point, but the health of the Potomac is complex, unpredictable and capable of backsliding. At this critical juncture, we can’t risk complacency. Only with continued local, state, federal and nonprofit collaboration will this momentum toward a healthier Potomac carry us forward.
I remain cautiously optimistic about the recovery of the Potomac. I hope that our commitment to the Potomac will extend to the Anacostia, where lower-income residents and communities of color continue to work to protect and improve the waterway they depend on. All the tributaries in the watershed are worthy of restoration, and the people who live by them deserve clean water.
Rachel Merriman-Goldring, Arlington