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D.C. Appleseed is out with a whopper of a document on the current conditions, remediation efforts, and recommendations for next steps on cleaning up the Anacostia River. Their main conclusions:
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should create a high-level department to coordinate federal, state and local cleanup efforts.
- Local jurisdictions should create common stormwater management regulations across the entire watershed, which would require retrofitting roads and parking lots with permeable paving.
- Private developers should be incentivized through federal tax breaks worth some $30 million per year to incorporate green infrastructure, as well as density bonuses for better-than-required stormwater retention.
- The feds should match local dollars for river cleanup on a 2:1 basis, amounting to $35-40 million in grants yearly.
- D.C., Prince Georges County, and Montgomery County should place excise taxes on fertilizers and other products that leach into the water table.
- The EPA should use Superfund dollars to carry out an expedited remedial investigation/feasibility study—rather than use the “polluter pays” approach—in order to create an integrated cleanup plan.
Will the feds listen? Who knows! Meanwhile, read the whole thing:
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