Advocates Cool Off in Potomac

By Tim Persinko
|  Saturday, Jan 22, 2011  |  Updated 5:14 PM EDT
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Advocates Cool Off in Potomac

Their politics may be red hot, but their core temperatures were not.

Hundreds from the D.C. region hopped into the icy waters of the Potomac River Saturday in a statement to U.S. Congress.

Their message?  Keep winter cold.  The advocacy group hopes to bring more attention to melting polar ice caps and environmental change.  Apparently, they felt that writing a letter was not splashy enough.

Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Prince George's County was among the polar-bearish swimmers on Saturday.  The group congregated on the beach at National Harbor, before leaping into the frigid flow.

Maryland State Senator Paul Pinsky and Montgomery County councilmember Hans Reimer also took the dip.

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