AWS Launches “The Future Is Now” Campaign

Speakers with Board Chair
From left to right: Speakers Scott Kratz, Valarie Camillo, Amy Guise, Bob Vogel, and AWS Board Chair Elissa Feldman

25 years ago, the goal of a swimmable and fishable Anacostia River seemed impossible. But Robert Boone, the founder of AWS, knew differently. This past week, AWS launched “The Future is Now” campaign, laying out the final phase of achieving that goal by 2025.

At a  kick-off reception Tuesday night (September 29th), AWS Board Chair Elissa Feldman said this: “Tonight we mark the beginning of the final phase of the restoration of the Anacostia River. Ten years from tonight we plan to be celebrating a fishable and swimmable Anacostia River.”

The event featured a video welcome by Ted Leonsis, CEO of the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and the Verizon Center as well as a passionate advocate for the Anacostia River and the communities around it.  And you can watch the video for yourself below.

Four community leaders addressed the crowd, outlining their support for the vision of a swimmable and fishable Anacostia River by 2025:

  • Bob Vogel, Regional Director, National Park Service;
  • Amy Guise, Chief, Planning Division, Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;
  • Valerie Camillo, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer for the Washington Nationals;
  • Scott Kratz, the Executive Director of the 11th Street Bridge Park.

To read the full report, A Waterway to 2025: A Vision for the Anacostia River, and to learn how you can help, go to:

More event photos below:

From right to left: Mary Abe, Erin Castelli from AWS, Scott Kratz, 11th Street Bridge Park



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