Few sights in DC this summer have been as thrillingly gross as the bright blue Navy Memorial Fountain, seen above in all its icky glory just yesterday afternoon. When I first documented this eyesore, I dubbed it the Ty-D-Bol Memorial Fountain, and all the local bloggers came out of the woodwork to share their concern and disdain. Imagine our horror when they just kept adding the caustic dyestuff, thrilling tasteless visitors and appalling all the rest of us. Surely, we mused with one voice, they're not going to keep it that way? OMG, are they?
Well, fear not! Yesterday I received the following right from the horse's mouth:
Hi there!Let's take one last look so that everybody can realize just how happy the above email made me:
My name is Humza Kazmi, and I work at the US Navy Memorial Foundation. We just found out about the fact that you mentioned us on your blog (or at least our fountains, and their sudden and unexpected blue color). Firstly - thank you! Secondly, you (and your readers) expressed dissatisfaction about the color.
Here's the thing. Even though the initial plan was just to run the blue water a few days, it's being run continuously because the algae just won't die. We figured it was better to have blue water than to have an algae-encrusted memorial. The blue water should hopefully disappear by summer's end.
All the best!
US Navy Memorial Foundation
EDIT: I was looking at the algae encrustations on the fountain this morning, and I couldn't help but wonder if the Navy Memorial people have ever heard of wire brushes? I mean, you've got to use a little elbow grease, people!