Countdown to 2025

Annual Campaign and Anacostia Hero Awards in September
Countdown to 2025
Annual Campaign and Anacostia Hero Awards in September
Marking the Milestones to a Swimmable and Fishable River
The era of the Anacostia River's mistreatment is coming to an end, and the Anacostia Watershed Society is leading the way to a fishable and swimmable river by 2025. With new milestones under our belt, we enter year three of the countdown...

The Anacostia River is growing cleaner and healthier thanks to the Anacostia Watershed Society and our members, supporters, and partners. As we outlined in The Waterway to 2025, we see the path forward to making it swimmable and fishable. That's why we launched our multi-year campaign Countdown to 2025 to bring us over the finish line.

In 2017, the goal of the campaign was to restore 10 acres of healthy habitat in the watershed that will preserve the beauty and biodiversity of our local river. Wildlife, plants, pollinators, and human communities are strengthened and sustained by building and recovering natural spaces like meadows, tree canopies, and native plant gardens. We celebrated the campaign at a reception held at Nationals Park, overlooking the river, and were joined by hundreds of supporters who helped raise more than $90,000 to support our habitat restoration efforts!

Countdown to 2025 campaign sponsors in 2016 enabled us to restore 12 acres of healthy wetlands along the Anacostia River! These wetlands are an essential part of river health, helping to filter pollutants while also nurturing many species that depend on the river ecosystem for survival. Proceeds from the campaign have made an incredible difference to the health of the Anacostia River:

  • Removing four tons of trash and debris through Wetland Workdays
  • Expanding our Rice Rangers program, allowing more elementary school students to participate in hands-on experiential learning by growing native wetland plants in their classrooms and planting them directly in our targeted wetland restoration sites
  • Removing invasive plants such as the phragmites reeds that choke off animal life and native plants
  • Mitigating the effects of non-native wildlife, such as protecting seedlings from non-native geese

Click here to read the progress report of this successful restoration work.

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