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Lincoln Monument Reflecting Pool in DC being cleaned

Updated on October 23, 2012

Changes in legislation effect the pool



Certain changes are underway at the Reflecting Pool located between the Lincoln and Washington Monuments in downtown DC. While most students recognize these famous sites from such commonly known places at the one dollar bill and the five dollar bill, the reflecting pool has brought hope to many generations. It was here that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. rallied over 200,000 protestors in the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”. On August 28th, 1963 He gave the 17 minute speech entitled “I have a Dream”. This dream spread to the following generations, and opened the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to protect the land on which the feat had commenced. Currently President Obama’s Executive Orders acknowledged by the American Recovery Act in 2009 are being issued new assignments to fix the polluted waters in the pool.


Behind the view of the public media is occurrence no can quite yet explain. The water is full of algae, and its appearance presents a danger of air-borne illness. Chemical treatments such as chloramine and algaecide are not enough to transit the waters. For over two years the pool was drained. Structural work to lay down new gravel, fix benches around the walk ways, and other important areas coincided. In August it was re-filled with tap water from the local Capital City’s source. Then not even a full two months later, the algae resurfaced bringing in the dismay of all those who had helped the 30 million dollar project.


Once again the pool was drained. After the changing of the Lincoln penny during Obama’s time spent in office, nothing else has had more complications in finding calm waters. Throughout the first week in October plans to wade out the occurrence that a broken filter problem may be fixed are in the works. While volunteers from Catholic University gave over their time during the National Day of Service in September, more help may be needed. The National Park Services are standing by to address problems as it forms, floats, or finds it’s way to resurface.

Sources sited for this article include:


Wheeler, Candace. "Lincoln Memorial Rflecting pool is drained to remove algea." washingtonpost.com. Washington Post. 3. Oct. 2012 Web. 11 Oct. 2012


United States. Department of Interior. National Park Services. "Rehabilitation of the Lincoln Memorial reflecting Pool and the Surrounding area, Enviromental Assessment." nps.gov . Dept. of Interior, Dec. 2009. Web. 11 Oct. 2012


author unknown. " We shall Overcome. Historical Places of the Civil Rights Movement. Lincoln Memorial." nps.gov. National Park Services. U.S. Dept. of the Interior. unknown date. Web. 11 Oct. 2012


Photos Taken by: Jenia Silver on Sept. 16, 2012 at Lincoln Monument Reflecting Pool


In the photos shown are students of Catholic University who pitched along with NPS to clean up for National Day of Action to honor 911 Hoilday.

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      David 4 years ago from Northern California

      We were just there on vacation and wondered why the water level was so low, I guess this explains it.

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      jeniasilver 4 years ago

      Yeah, it is a complicated mess there. I live in DC, and ever other time I go down there to walk around a new clean up begins. I think there is a weird connection to the Federal Deficit, but that is just my observation.

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