Ban the Foam, Prince George's County!

Plastic foam containers from our Nash Run trash trap
Plastic foam containers collected at our trash trap in Nash Run, a stream of the Anacostia River.

Support Prince George's County Action on Toxics and Trash

Volunteers scooping up plastic containers at our Earth Day Cleanup
Bladensburg Waterfront Park, MD.

What type of litter are we actually trying to prevent from polluting our waters?!

Trash on the banks of the Anacostia River.

On Tuesday January 20, the Montgomery County Council can help the Anacostia River in a big way, by voting to ban the use and sale of plastic foam food service products in the county and replacing them with compostable or recyclable products. Far too many of these containers are fouling our waters, including the Anacostia River and the Chesapeake Bay. ... Did you notice we didn’t refer to these containers as Styrofoam? ‘Why?’ you might ask.

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.


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.



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