Update for Anacostia River Sediment Project: Comments on Phase I Findings

The District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) released a draft report on the first phase of the investigation into Anacostia River sediments on March 18, 2016 for public comment. The findings show that there are several highly contaminated areas in the river bottom and more study is needed to identify upstream sources as well as to better understand the ecological and human health risks. After reviewing these findings with Anacostia Riverkeeper, DC Appleseed, and a few subject matter experts, we compiled our concerns and jointly submitted the comment letter linked below. 

Update for Anacostia River Sediment Project: Findings Released, Public Comment


River samples being taken by Tetra Tech (DOEE's contractor), summer 2014.

A Timely Visit from Bay Executive Council

By Dan Smith & Lori Baranoff

Bald eagle soars over Anacostia River
Anacostia River

July 24 -- This week the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council – governors, the D.C. mayor, federal agency heads – convened for their annual meeting, this time at the National Arboretum on the Anacostia River. Their “big picture” focus on meeting major milestones necessary for a clean Bay by 2025 kept them from the river just down the hill -- where they may have glimpsed a bald eagle plucking a fish or a rower taking a lunch time canoe break on a gorgeous summer day. Those are river experiences we love to share and that show why this effort is so important.

Thousands Turn Out To Clean the Anacostia River, Celebrate Heroes

Anacostia Watershed Society Hosts Largest and Most Successful Earth Day Clean Up on the Anacostia River

Volunteers at Earth Day 2015Bladensburg, MD, April 27, 2015 – More than 2600 local residents and dozens of corporate partners came out Saturday April 25th to participate in the Anacostia Watershed Society’s Earth Day Clean Up and Celebration.

Earth Day 2015 Site Sketches: Quincy Run

Site Leader: Marian Dombrowski
Contact Info: mdombros@gmail.com
Cell: 301-775-1191
Site Capacity: 200

Quincy Run is a tributary that is near and dear to the AWS staff not only for its literal closeness to our offices but because it, like many other tributaries of the Anacostia, has quite the geography and history that works for/against it.

Quincy Run begins near MD 202 and the Baltimore/Washington Parkway and runs above ground* for just over a half mile.  It begins in neighborhoods but quickly changes over to a large wooded site that receives a lot of trash due to dumping and blowing trash from people littering the roadways and businesses around the area.

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.

Chesapeake Bay Trust helps AWS educate more than 200 students

This spring, the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) enabled the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) to educate more than 200 area students in their three-part environmental education programs.  CBT funded a program that partnered AWS with Live It Learn It, a local nonprofit focused on bringing hands-on education to DC students.  Together, AWS and Live It Learn It educators taught students about the Anacostia River both in the classroom and during pontoon field experiences.  Students and their teachers also took part in trash cleanups at Bladensburg Waterfront Park after learning the importance of keeping trash off the ground and out of the river!

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