Swimmable, Fishable? Not yet, but there's momentum

By: Jim Foster, President

Julie Zaumer’s article in today’s Washington Post outlines the goal we’ve long promoted of a swimmable and fishable Anacostia by 2025 -- and the challenges we’re still facing. Highlighting the great progress accomplished to date emboldens us to overcome the challenges.

For more than 25 years, the Anacostia Watershed Society has been working to restore the Anacostia and the communities in its watershed. We’ve worked at sustainable solutions to trash and illegal dumping, cleaning the river, and stopping pollution at its source. We’ve helped find solutions to polluted runoff, going to court to reach the settlements driving the Clean River project in DC and failed infrastructure in DC and Maryland. Today, local students are growing and planting seedlings to restore wetlands while beavers, herons, and eagles call the Anacostia home.

A century of industrial development has left a legacy of toxic chemicals buried in the river bottom, and the Post article highlights the leadership of our partner, the Federal City Council, in raising awareness about this final challenge.

And to see pictures of the nature that’s already coming back along the Anacostia, checkout our Instagram: http://instagram.com/anacostiaws

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