Give your comments on the Anacostia River Sediment Project
While there are good things happening for the health of the river - such as the Clean Rivers Project which is preventing 80% of the sewage from entering our favorite waterway - the Anacostia River still faces threats from its historic mistreatment. We have been working with the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and many other stakeholders on the Anacostia River Sediment Project, and the final remedial investigation report is ready for public comment.
Here's a summary about the Anacostia River Sediment Project from DOEE's site:
Decades of industrial and urban activities throughout the Anacostia River’s watershed have increasingly degraded the river and caused the substantial loss of tidal fringe wetlands and marshes. Elevated concentrations of hazardous substances, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), lead, other trace elements, and pesticides are all present in sediment throughout the river, posing a risk to aquatic organisms and to humans. To complement and supplement previous and current restoration efforts, DOEE is conducting a remedial investigation and feasibility study of the Anacostia River sediments. The purpose of the Remedial Investigation is to assess the nature and extent of pollution in the river by sampling river sediment and fish for a wide variety of chemicals. As part of the remedial investigation, studies will also integrate sampling and data collection to support a study for the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) of the river. The feasibility study will evaluate potential remedial actions.