Potomac Timeline by Taylor-Simoné Harris

Events

The Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin was established.

July 11, 1940

First Report on Potomac

1943

It becomes obvious that water treatment should be a high priority for ICPRB

Biological Dessert

Approx. 1948

Industrial waste has made the Shenandoah River below Front Royal a "biological desert."

Congress enacts the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

January 19, 1948

Regional Cooperation on Wastewater Treatment

1954

The District of Columbia and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission signed an agreement to work in cooperation on a waste water treatment plant.

Population growth in DC exceeds water supply.

1960

US Army Corps of Engineers seek out solutions

"Silent Spring" is Published

1962

Rachel Carson publishes "Silent Spring", the controversial book that is credited with sparking the environmental movement.

Water Quality Act of 1965 passes

November 10, 1965

Low Flows Lead to Change

1966

5 year drought leads to the lowest flow ever recorded in the Potomac River.

Congreds amends the Commission's original Compact

1970

Potomac starts to heal

1976

Potomac river watch

1977 - Present

International Approach

1978

Low Flow Allocation Agreement

1978

Reservoirs reserve water for the future

1979

Microcystis Bloom

1983

Hydrilla Populates the Potomac

1983

Chesapeake Bay agreement

1983

Shirt at ICPRB

1988

First annual Potomac River watershed clean up

1990

Year of Clean Water

1992

Trout return to the north branch

1994

Reducing the nutrient load

1995

Potomac River watershed visions project

1995

Safe drinking water act amendments of 1996.

1996

Maryland's wetland restoration initiative

1997

Building partnerships

1999

Severe drought hits the Potomac

1999 - 2002

ICPRB Schools-In-Schools Program

1999

Chesapeake 2000: a watershed partnership

2000