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“Bad juju,” Jim said. “That’s the technical term.”

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The river was broken. And it didn’t help that throughout its watershed, humans canada goose outlet parka built roads and driveways and parking lots, impermeable surfaces that shunted rainwater into the Anacostia, water that moved at such a speedy clip that it scoured soil from any non paved surface it hit. That soil was often contaminated with pollutants or charged with nitrogen fertilizers.

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The boat motored past Dueling Creek, near the grounds where local men once shot one another to preserve their honor.

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On the right was a tiny dock, like an outpost at an Amazon village. Beyond it was a chain link fence.

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Jim said the society’s goal is to have a swimmable, fishable Anacostia by the year 2025. Already, there are signs of progress. Plenty of trash floats on the surface and is caught in traps the AWS maintains, but there’s a lot less than in past decades, when you could practically walk across the surface on a mattress of bottles. Rowers have come back. canada goose outlet new york city There’s a bike path that runs along the river.

“We want to make the Anacostia a destination,” Jim said.

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“There’s a kingfisher,” he said. “They’re like little fighter jets.”

If you turned your head the right way narrowed your vision to include just the brown water and the green bank and the gray canada goose outlet mall barked trees, their leaves starting to yellow you could almost convince yourself it was 1618, not 2018.

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