Cumberland Times-News

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November 20, 2012

Conservancy fails to tell public which parts of river are polluted

The Potomac Conservancy states that pollution in parts of the Potomac River is still so high that is not safe to swim, boat or fish, and a large percentage of male smallmouth bass show unnatural female sex characteristics, the conservancy found.

After reading the article in the Times-News of Nov. 19 (“Potomac Conservancy warns of pollution from runoff, sees urgent need to make changes,” Page 1A), I would want to know if the locations could be identified for the  concerned for families, friends, and the state’s tourism visitors.

Could the states in the conservancy location be publicly posted on the streams and tributaries of the Potomac basin for the safety of our residents, and visitors to the Potomac Conservancy information on pollution parts of the Potomac?

The conservancy has stated info on pollution. Could the states post areas of pollution identified by conservancy, for the safety and  protection of all that use the Potomac River for enjoyment?

Ernest Westfall

Springfield, W.Va.

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