AWS staff regularly monitors the water quality of the Anacostia River. In each report card, we summarize the year's water testing, as well as choices in public policy, to provide clear information to the public and decision makers about the challenges the river faces and point to the most effective solutions to restore it.
In colonial times, Bladensburg was a bigger port than Baltimore and the river was 40 feet deep to the banks. Fish were so bountiful they could be scooped up from boats, and the marshes of the river were famous for their waterfowl hunting. Unfortunately, the river has since suffered centuries of abuse and neglect and for several years was referred to by many as the “forgotten river.” But no longer! The Anacostia is on its way to becoming a thriving community asset to row, paddle, bird watch, and to hear music and bike in its parks.
Come visit the banks to see what the river has to offer. Let’s stand together and make our voices heard in efforts to restore this natural wonder.
The report card is printed and distributed to AWS members and partners, elected officials, and interested citizens and businesses. We also post more detailed analysis on our website.
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