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Dead Ducks Residents near McMillan Reservoir say they’ve noticed an alarming increase in hit-and-run accidents on their streets. “Every morning when I walk my dogs, I see two or three or four dead geese,” says June Maxim, a 12-year neighbor of the reservoir, which abuts Howard University and Children’s Hospital. Locals suspect that the deliberate removal of rushes and other aquatic plants from the reservoir by groundskeepers has disrupted the habitat for McMillan’s significant goose and duck populations. The birds’ migration to other spots in the neighborhood hasn’t exactly been a smooth one, what with competition from indigenous D.C. creatures such as speeding automobiles. “It’s one of the few places in the city where you can see wildlife,” says Maxim. “Seeing dead ones just doesn’t get it.” U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Washington Aqueduct Chief Thomas Jacobus explains that the action is necessary to preserve the integrity of the reservoir and its drinking water. “We’ve been laying out maps to Canada,” Jacobus says, “but they just won’t go.”