Anacostia Watershed Blog

Advocates File to Intervene in Pepco Benning Case

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.

Update for Anacostia River Sediment Project: Comments on Phase I Findings

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. 

Update for Pepco Benning Rd Site: Summary of RI Report Findings


Click image for full (2-sided) summary sheet

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:

Update for Anacostia River Sediment Project: Findings Released, Public Comment


River samples being taken by Tetra Tech (DOEE's contractor), summer 2014.

Update for Pepco Benning Rd Site: Findings Released


View of the old power plant structures from the mudflats of the Anacostia River.

First Hearing on MD Bottle Bill Thursday! Legislators Need to Hear from YOU!

heron floating on trash island
Heron floating on an island of trash, comprised mainly of beverage containers, in the Anacostia River. (Click on image for a copy of our flyer)

Issue:

  • Beverage containers make up ~50% of trash collected by our Nash Run trash trap.
  • Only 28% of the 4.8 billion drink containers sold annually in Maryland are recycled.

The Bottle Bill will:

How About Giving Up Plastic Bags for Lent?

Today marks the start of Lent, a 40 day period that Christians use for personal reflection in preparation for Easter. As part of that reflection, many people give up something that they feel is inhibiting their lives – alcohol, chocolate and other sweets are some of the most popular things to “give up.” If you’re looking for something unique that will be good for you and good for the community, how about giving up plastic shopping bags. 

Why give up the bag? A major study conducted by AWS found that plastic bags make up at least 21% of trash in the Anacostia River. These bags clog storm drains, cause flooding, are harmful to wildlife, and are virtually impossible to clean up.

Capstone Projects of the Watershed Stewards Academy

Watershed Stewards of the National Capital Region 

By Vaughn Perry


Stewards pose for a picture in front of their capstone project at First United Methodist church.

AWS and REI Encourage you to #OptOutside This Thanksgiving

Here at the Anacostia Watershed Society we’re always looking for opportunities to get outside and enjoy the beautiful areas surrounding the Anacostia River. So, we were excited when our friends at REI announced they would be closing all their stores on Black Friday, November 27th, to encourage folks to spend time with their friends and family in the great outdoors.

We agree that nature can be a great place to reconnect, reflect, and enjoy the Thanksgiving season. We are lucky to have numerous opportunities to get outside right here in the Anacostia Watershed. While there are countless opportunities to enjoy the Anacostia, here are a few ideas to get outside on Black Friday:

We are so excited to see improvements coming to the Anacostia River! An excellent article, linked below, from the District Source highlights several plans for land and river access developments.
 

Development Means Positive Attention for the Anacostia Riverfront

By: Shaun Courtney, District Source

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