By: James Foster, President
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:
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:
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