Anacostia Watershed Blog

Op Ed: The Anacostia River Could Be Our Olympic Pride

By: James Foster, President

Rio Shoreline
Photo of the Rio shoreline 2016

The news coverage from the Olympics aquatic events is as bad as predicted – raw sewage flowing into Rio’s rivers and bays, shallows silted in with legacy industrial pollution, dead and dying fish floating by, athletes sickened by the fouled water. There was even a report that an Olympic kayaker capsized when his kayak hit a submerged sofa!

As we cheer on our athletes we should also be cheering on our own river, the Anacostia, which 25 years ago resembled the waters surrounding Rio, but today is well on its way to a stunning restoration to a swimmable and fishable river -- by Olympic athletes and everyday recreationists. We’re not there yet, but the pieces of the puzzle are in place:

Swimmable, Fishable? Not yet, but there's momentum

By: Jim Foster, President

Julie Zaumer’s article in today’s Washington Post outlines the goal we’ve long promoted of a swimmable and fishable Anacostia by 2025 -- and the challenges we’re still facing. Highlighting the great progress accomplished to date emboldens us to overcome the challenges.

The Anacostia River: Making Connections

By Jim Foster, President

The cleanup, restoration, and revitalization of the Anacostia does not happen because of one politician, organization, donor or person.  It happens because many people, organizations, and governments are working together, rising to the challenge, and making the connections to support the work.