The District Department of the Environment released an image of a new specialty Anacostia River commemorative license plate this morning. (Check out a larger version here.)

What do you think? The Anacostia River seems awfully wavy, eh? That allows the top of “RESENTATI” in the word “Representation” to peek out of the water; the plates do try to preserve the “Taxation Without Representation” motto on the District’s usual plates. But with the lettering of the slogan in black, that doesn’t quite mix well with the blue of the water, does it? A lighter color would have worked better, but a greenish-yellow hue might reinforce the notion that the river is not clean.

In the meantime, it seems that the District’s efforts to achieve statehood and expanded voting rights are currently drowning in the Anacostia River.