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The Nation's River A report on the Potomac from the U.S. Department of the Interior

By United States. Department of the Interior
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  • THE NATION'S RIVER
  • A report on the Potomac from the U.S. Department of the Interior, with recommendations for action by the Federal Interdepartmental Task Force on the Potomac.
  • LETTERS OF TRANSMITTAL
    • UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
      • OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY—WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
    • OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY—WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
  • UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
    • OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY—WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
  • POTOMAC RIVER BASIN ADVISORY COMMITTEE
  • CONTENTS
  • THE RIVER IN TIME
    • 1830
      • 1936 Flood scene
      • Civil War Chain Bridge
      • Early 1900—canoeists near Seneca, Md.
      • 1917 Washington Waterfront
      • Washington Waterfront today
      • POTOMAC RIVER BASIN
    • 1936 Flood scene
    • Civil War Chain Bridge
    • Early 1900—canoeists near Seneca, Md.
    • 1917 Washington Waterfront
    • Washington Waterfront today
    • POTOMAC RIVER BASIN
  • I. THE WAY THINGS ARE
    • Proposed Water Resource Development
      • North Mountain
      • Town Creek
    • North Mountain
    • Town Creek
    • II. TOWARD A MORE USEFUL RIVER
    • Problems of Water Supply in the Potomac Basin
      • WATER SUPPLY POTOMAC RIVER, WASH. D.C.
      • GROUND WATER LEVELS WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA
    • WATER SUPPLY POTOMAC RIVER, WASH. D.C.
    • GROUND WATER LEVELS WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA
    • Possible Answers
    • Flooding in the Basin
      • THE HYDROLOGIC CYCLE
      • FLOOD PLAIN DELINEATION POTOMAC RIVER AT HANCOCK, MD.
    • THE HYDROLOGIC CYCLE
    • FLOOD PLAIN DELINEATION POTOMAC RIVER AT HANCOCK, MD.
  • III. THE CLEANSING OF THE WATERS
    • Troubles above the Fall Line
      • WATER TREATMENT STEPS
      • PURPOSE OF CHEMICALS
    • WATER TREATMENT STEPS
    • PURPOSE OF CHEMICALS
    • The lower estuary
    • Techniques for cleaning up
      • Low Flow Augmentation
    • Low Flow Augmentation
    • Machinery
      • Small Watershed Projects Boost Economy of Communities
    • Small Watershed Projects Boost Economy of Communities
  • IV. A GOOD PLACE TO BE
    • The Basin's amenities
    • Troubles and threats
    • The metropolis
      • This 26 square-mile section of the Rock Creek watershed, just above the District line in Maryland, was rural in 1913, with many small tributaries fed by springs and seeps. Ensuing development based on little knowledge of natural processes covered most of the old aquifer recharge areas with pavements and rooftops, so that more precipitation ran rapidly off the land instead of soaking in and flowing out gradually into streams. Flooding during storms and loss of flow at other times caused most of the tributaries to be covered over as storm sewers, so that out of 64 miles of natural flowing stream channels that existed in 1913 in this section, only 27 miles can be found above ground today.
      • THE HYDROLOGIC CYCLE
    • This 26 square-mile section of the Rock Creek watershed, just above the District line in Maryland, was rural in 1913, with many small tributaries fed by springs and seeps. Ensuing development based on little knowledge of natural processes covered most of the old aquifer recharge areas with pavements and rooftops, so that more precipitation ran rapidly off the land instead of soaking in and flowing out gradually into streams. Flooding during storms and loss of flow at other times caused most of the tributaries to be covered over as storm sewers, so that out of 64 miles of natural flowing stream channels that existed in 1913 in this section, only 27 miles can be found above ground today.
    • THE HYDROLOGIC CYCLE
    • Sprawl as a problem farther out
    • Industry in the landscape
    • Other Basin landscape problems
    • Recreation
    • City recreational needs
    • Basin recreational needs
    • Avenues toward coping with landscape problems
  • V. COMPLEXITIES AND PRIORITIES
    • Public attitudes toward environmental action
    • Pecuniary matters
    • The implications of complexity
    • The question of an agency
    • Action now
  • VI. THE NATION'S RIVER
    • AN ACTION PLAN
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