AWS and partners swim for a clean Anacostia River

On June 30, 2011 AWS, Anacostia Riverkeeper, and Senior Scientists & Policymakers for the Bay staged a press conference and "wade in" on the Anacostia River to protest a Clean Water Act deadline that federal, state, and local governments have missed by 28 years

Former State Senator David Harrington, Bladensburg Mayor Walter James, Cheverly Mayor Mike Callahan, and Mount Rainier Councilman William Updike erred on the side of caution

Former State Senator David Harrington, Bladensburg Mayor Walter James, Cheverly Mayor Mike Callahan, and Mount Rainier Councilman William Updike erred on the side of caution while others swam.
Special thanks to friend of AWS Krista Schlyer for use of her excellent photos.

That's right, the Clean Water Act declared that "the discharge of pollutants into the navigable waters be eliminated by 1985" and "an interim goal of water quality which provides for the protection and propagation of fish, shellfish, and wildlife and provides for recreation in and on the water be achieved by July 1, 1983" (33 U.S.C. 1251).

Clean water is a right of all people, and so a group of us swam in one of the dirtiest rivers in America to protest an unmet promise from our government.

Let me tell you a true story about why this event was important, and why I do this job.  On Thursday, a bevy of cameras were pointed at me as I swam in the river in protest while onlookers exclaimed "I can't believe they are doing that" and "I hope they are up to date on their shots."  On Friday night at sundown I was back at the same place when I heard a big splash, and looked across Bladensburg Waterfront Park to see two local people taking a recreational dip in the river.  This time, there were no cameras.
 

Press Coverage

Fox 5 (great video)

WJLA (video)

Bay Action Plan video

Washington Post

Baltimore Sun

Annapolis Capital

 

Comments

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