Volunteers scooping up plastic containers at our Earth Day Cleanup.
Bladensburg Waterfront Park, MD.
Trash on the banks of the Anacostia River.
On Tuesday January 20, the Montgomery County Council can help the Anacostia River in a big way, by voting to ban the use and sale of plastic foam food service products in the county and replacing them with compostable or recyclable products. Far too many of these containers are fouling our waters, including the Anacostia River and the Chesapeake Bay. ... Did you notice we didn’t refer to these containers as Styrofoam? ‘Why?’ you might ask.
View from the Anacostia River of the Pepco Benning Road power plant being deconstructed. Photo credit Masaya Maeda, Anacostia Watershed Society.
Map of the Washington Gas - East Station site near Water Street SE showing locations of stockpiles and truck traffic. Provided by the National Park Service.
In partnership with the University of Maryland (UMD) and Anacostia Community Museum, we have been hosting Recreational Fishing Days. These fun and informative events are more ways for people of all ages to enjoy the Anacostia River and there are only three days left this season! Click on the links below for more details including directions, maps, and to RSVP.
Save the Date flyer sent out by the District Department of the Environment.
On Tuesday, July 29, at 1:30 pm, DC Mayor Vincent Gray is hosting a signing ceremony at Anacostia Community Boathouse (1900 M St. SE) for the Sustainable DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2014 followed by the launch of sampling activities for the Anacostia River Sediment Project. These are two very important efforts for the health of the environment, particularly the Anacostia River, that were a top priority this year for AWS and other supporters.
Anacostia River near Pennsylvania Ave. Bridge, June 2014.
After receiving many requests for an extension on the public comment period for Waters of the United States Proposed Rule published in April by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers, the agencies responded announcing an additional 90-days. The new deadline is now October 20, 2014.
This proposed rule is a huge step forward for clean water as this would more clearly define those waters protected under the Clean Water Act. For the Anacostia River, this would mean that wetlands and seasonal streams that support the river and its tributaries are without a doubt protected under the law helping ensure smart land use and development near those areas.
February 2014. Meeting hosted by AWS and other members of United for a Healthy Anacostia River coalition regarding cleanup of toxics. Let’s grow this crowd for the meeting in June (details below)!
Progress continues to be made for the Anacostia River Sediment Project with District Department of the Environment (DDOE) officials recently announcing two important opportunities for public involvement. Get your keyboards ready and mark your calendars!
Click on the image for a larger view. Map showing study area of the Anacostia River Sediment Project. Specific locations (in orange) are also identified for past and ongoing efforts. Provided by Tetra Tech in draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan.
There has been a lot of recent activity on the issue of toxics in the Anacostia River so this is an excellent time to provide updates along with some background information on each of the projects.