New report notes progress being made with cleaning up the Potomac River, including the fact that shad are returning.
Wow, this is quite remarkable. Shad were once a seasonal mainstay at Fishtown in Alexandria, the cleaning and scaling shacks located at the foot of Princess and Oronoco Streets.
In his book, "Historic Alexandria, An Illustrated History," Ted Pulliam tells us in the 1830s, Alexandria expanded the fishing business. His research found that in 1835, the Potomac River’s total catch was 750,000,000 herring and 22,5000,000 shad.
I still see empty water bottles and trash on walks along the Potomac, but it is great to see this report card.