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University of Toronto Mississauga
Nicole Myers

The Honorable U.S Senator Carl Levin 269 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Anacostia River Pollution March 11, 2011 Dear Senator Levin: I am a student from the University of Toronto writing to you, to advice you to take action against pollution that has been taking place in River Anacostia which flows from Prince George’s County in Maryland into Washington D.C. Heavy pollution in River Anacostia along with weak investment and development along its banks have led it to what many have called "Washington's forgotten river.” One of the biggest problems faced by River Anacostia is the raw sewage that enters the river and its streams due to very old sewer systems. An effort to restore the Anacostia is getting underway and more money should be spent on pump station rehabilitation, pipe cleaning and maintenance, and public notices of overflows in order to save water quality as well as aquatic lives. The sewage also creates health threats due to fecal caliform bacteria, sediment, nutrients, pathogens, toxins, trash and many other pathogens. It also contaminates the river water and creates hypoxic conditions that can lead to a
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