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. Bolstered by the success of the first year of the campaign, this year we continue the countdown...

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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.

Your contribution to the second year of the campaign enables AWS to focus on one of the most essential pieces to the Anacostia River's recovery: recovering and cultivating a healthy habitat for all who call the river home.  Wildlife, plants, pollinators, and human communities are strengthened and sustained by building and recovering natural spaces like meadows, tree canopies, and native plant gardens.

By supporting the Countdown to 2025 Campaign, you will reestablish 10 acres of riverside greenspace that will preserve the beauty and biodiversity of our local river habitat. Together we will kick off the next step in making the Anacostia River swimmable and fishable by 2025, and we are asking our supporters to help us raise $120,000 to revive and maintain 10 acres of this essential habitat.

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Last year’s Countdown to 2025 campaign was a resounding success, resulting in 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 last year’s 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.


Thank you to our

Countdown to 2025 Sponsors!





Nelson S. Talbott Family Foundation




District Wharf


Maria & Christopher Earley

Jim & Adrienne Connolly







tetra tech

Larry Cooley & Marina Fanning

Elissa Feldman & Joseph Tarantolo, MD

Greer & Jerry Goldman

Mike Lederman

John & Rosemary Lyon

Cynthia Quarterman & Pantelis Michalopoulos

Kathryn Petrillo-Smith & O. Eric Smith

Kathryn Powers

Mike Tilchin & Linda Greer


Donna An

Andrew Beyer & Susan Vallon

Faith Brightbill

Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park

DC Materials, Inc

Charles Evans

Jim & Pam Foster

Bill  & Corinne Irwin

Guy Martin


Charles H. & Elizabeth C. Agle

Nazir K. Ahmad

Bannon Family

Robert Boone

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Calla

Erin & Bill Castelli

The Dental Group

Mary Dwan

Bill & Cindy Kelly

Ms. Creavery Lloyd

MDB, Inc.

Carolyn & Jeff Serfass

Carlo Tornatore & Ellen Whitaker

Councilmember Todd Turner

Mary Vasse & Robert Bole

Suzanne Wells

Western Sky Strategies

Teresa Williams, LMT (