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After The Storm: Pollution in the Potomac

The Potomac River, the fourth largest river on the Atlantic coast, holds a special place in our nation’s heart. The capital was built along it and the river has been central to our nation’s history. However, when heavy rain storms hit, the river becomes polluted, and contact with it can be dangerous. The problem stems from a combined sewer system that routes raw sewage and stormwater through the same pipes.  When it rains, the effluent overflows – untreated – into the Potomac River. In “After the Storm: Pollution in the Potomac” 568 Productions investigates the little known problem of Combined Sewer Overflow and what Washington is doing to restore the health of the Potomac.