The San Francisco Giants were crowned the World Series Champions earlier this week, but if Planet Earth was crowning a champion, it would probably be the Washington Nationals.
The Washington Nationals are in their third season in their new home at National Park in D.C. Nationals Park is America’s first green certified professional sports stadium. Perhaps the stadium’s biggest fan is the Anacostia River. The river borders the stadium and architects took special measures to reduce the impact that the stadium has on the river. A 6,300 sq. ft. green roof was built over the concession area that will help reduce storm water runoff. To prevent trash and debris generated at the stadium from reaching the river, screens were constructed in storm drains around the stadium to catch these materials. Huge sand filters built beneath the stadium filter storm water before it is pumped to the public treatment facility. The stadium also employs low flow faucets and dual flush toilets which save millions of gallons a year.
The Nationals are hitting a homerun for the Anacostia River. What are you doing for your local river or watershed? Use the EPA website “Surf your Watershed” to find your local watershed and citizen-based groups that are making efforts to keep your water clean.
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