What is going on with the Charles?!!

By Dan Smith, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy


Boston’s Charles River just received an A- grade from the EPA. The annual one-mile open-water expert swim sold out again, and for the second year in a row the community swim event was a smashing success. See photos!

Update for Washington Gas Toxic Site: Activities for Soil Cleanup Underway


Map of the Washington Gas - East Station site near Water Street SE showing locations of stockpiles and truck traffic. Provided by the National Park Service. 

Mayor Gray to Sign Sustainable DC Legislation and Kick Off River Sediment Project


Save the Date flyer sent out by the District Department of the Environment.

On Tuesday, July 29, at 1:30 pm, DC Mayor Vincent Gray is hosting a signing ceremony at Anacostia Community Boathouse (1900 M St. SE) for the Sustainable DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2014 followed by the launch of sampling activities for the Anacostia River Sediment Project. These are two very important efforts for the health of the environment, particularly the Anacostia River, that were a top priority this year for AWS and other supporters.

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Updates for Anacostia River Sediment Project: Plans Finalized, Field Activities Begin, and a New Deadline


Final Anacostia River Sediment Project boundary map. Click image for larger view.
Provided by Tetra Tech in Final Remedial Investigation Work Plan.

Update: Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rule Comment Extension


Anacostia River near Pennsylvania Ave. Bridge, June 2014.

After receiving many requests for an extension on the public comment period for Waters of the United States Proposed Rule published in April by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers, the agencies responded announcing an additional 90-days. The new deadline is now October 20, 2014.

This proposed rule is a huge step forward for clean water as this would more clearly define those waters protected under the Clean Water Act. For the Anacostia River, this would mean that wetlands and seasonal streams that support the river and its tributaries are without a doubt protected under the law helping ensure smart land use and development near those areas.

Update: Online Survey and Public Meeting Announced for Anacostia River Sediment Project


February 2014. Meeting hosted by AWS and other members of United for a Healthy Anacostia River coalition regarding cleanup of toxics. Let’s grow this crowd for the meeting in June (details below)!

Progress continues to be made for the Anacostia River Sediment Project with District Department of the Environment (DDOE) officials recently announcing two important opportunities for public involvement. Get your keyboards ready and mark your calendars!

You can:

Toxics Cleanup Efforts: A Review of Past and Present Activities


Click on the image for a larger view. Map showing study area of the Anacostia River Sediment Project. Specific locations (in orange) are also identified for past and ongoing efforts. Provided by Tetra Tech in draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan.

There has been a lot of recent activity on the issue of toxics in the Anacostia River so this is an excellent time to provide updates along with some background information on each of the projects.

Support Proposed Ruling to Strengthen Clean Water Act!
 


Anacostia River.

Yesterday marked the official start of a 90-day public comment period for a proposed rule on the Clean Water Act (CWA) published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps). This proposal more clearly defines which waters are protected under the CWA closing some loopholes in the law for wetlands and streams. For the Anacostia River watershed, this could mean that there would be no doubt that the wetlands and seasonal streams that support the river are protected under the law ensuring smart land use and development near those areas.

Public Meeting on March 2 for the Pepco Benning Road Investigation


Pepco Benning Road Power Plant

Last Call for Comments on Pepco Benning Road Investigation Work Plans

Friday, September 28, 2012, is the submission deadline for public comments regarding the three work plan documents Pepco developed, per the Consent Decree, for the investigation of suspected contaminants migrating from their Benning Road property to the Anacostia River.


Google Map showing neighborhoods immediately impacted by Pepco Benning Road Facility operations. Starting from the northwestern portion of the map and ending in the northeastern portion, these neighborhoods are: Carver Terrace, Langston Terrace, Kingman Park, River Terrace, Mayfair, Eastland Gardens, Kenilworth-Parkside.

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