Anacostia River skimmer boats introduced, with names to match
This is an age of participation, in which the public is asked to suggest names for any number of things including zoo animals and nesting eagles.
So why not the skimmer boats that are intended to keep Washington’s waterways clean?
The boats were introduced last week by D.C. Water, the city’s water utility.
The vessels are to help in cleaning up the Anacostia River by pulling debris and floating trash from its surface.
With that assignment, the names for the craft might almost be regarded as suggesting themselves.
But they were given their names by Amanda Kolson Hurley. “congrats@amandakhurley your submission won” D.C. Water said on Twitter.
“You guys!” tweeted Hurley, “I named boats! Two of them!!”
And the names: Flotsam and, of course, Jetsam.