Ana­cos­tia River skim­mer boats in­tro­duced, with names to match

The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS - BY MARTIN WEIL martin.weil@wash­

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.

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