Ecological and Environmental Issues at Washington DC

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Washington, D.C. Ecological Issues Introduction: Ecologies and environments in the nation's capitol, Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. is known for the White House, for Capitol Hill, all the monuments to great Americans and to historic moments. But there is a great deal more in the nation's capitol than politics and monuments. According to the Website HYPERLINK "", the city's land covers more than "…sixty-one square miles" and the rivers and lakes in the city cover over "six square miles." Washington D.C. is bounded on the west by the State of Virginia and the State of Maryland surrounds the city on the northwest, northeast and southeast. Three main rivers flow through Washington D.C., the Potomac River, the Anacostia River, and Rock Creek. Actually the major river running through the city is the Potomac, and the Rock Creek and Anacostia River are tributaries of the Potomac (meaning, they contribute water to the Potomac). Seventy percent of the land in Washington, D.C. "…is controlled by the National Park Service" and there are 250,000 acres of parkland in the metropolitan area of Washington D.C. ( HYPERLINK "" There are man-made reservoirs in Washington D.C. that use water from the Potomac; those reservoirs are the Georgetown Reservoir, the McMillan Reservoir, and the Dalecarlia Reservoir, the washingtoncity site explains. The highest point in the city is located at
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