By: Alisa Fried, AWS Stewardship Intern*
The presence of underwater grasses provides various benefits to the river and the organisms that live in and around it.
We have certainly been talking a lot about REI's #UnitedOutside campaign this summer! There is just so much to choose from with the activities that we wanted to highlight some special events. Here at AWS we are especially excited about series of free events happening this weekend, July 16-17, and we want to make sure that our community knows about these great opportunities!
It might be on that "other river" but it's a great chance to hone your skills for the Anacostia River!
Anacostia Watershed Society, Anacostia Riverkeeper, and Natural Resources Defense Council filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today to intervene in the 2011 Consent Decree between the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment and Pepco (once again). We are requesting that the court set a final deadline for the long overdue remedial investigation (RI) and feasibility study (FS) that will characterize the extent of the legacy contamination and evaluate options to clean it up.
The District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) released a draft report on the first phase of the investigation into Anacostia River sediments on March 18, 2016 for public comment. The findings show that there are several highly contaminated areas in the river bottom and more study is needed to identify upstream sources as well as to better understand the ecological and human health risks. After reviewing these findings with Anacostia Riverkeeper, DC Appleseed, and a few subject matter experts, we compiled our concerns and jointly submitted the comment letter linked below.
Please consider submitting your own comments no later than April 18. They should be clearly identified as "Pepco Benning Road: Draft Remedial Investigation Report Comments" and sent to Apurva Patil at DOEE using one of the following:
River samples being taken by Tetra Tech (DOEE's contractor), summer 2014.
View of the old power plant structures from the mudflats of the Anacostia River.
The Bottle Bill will:
Today marks the start of Lent, a 40 day period that Christians use for personal reflection in preparation for Easter. As part of that reflection, many people give up something that they feel is inhibiting their lives – alcohol, chocolate and other sweets are some of the most popular things to “give up.” If you’re looking for something unique that will be good for you and good for the community, how about giving up plastic shopping bags.
Why give up the bag? A major study conducted by AWS found that plastic bags make up at least 21% of trash in the Anacostia River. These bags clog storm drains, cause flooding, are harmful to wildlife, and are virtually impossible to clean up.
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