Even though millions of people visit Washington D.C every year and the Anacostia River hugs our nation’s capital, the Anacostia River is commonly called “D.C.’s forgotten river.” This past spring, this 8.4 mile river was deemed “one of the most polluted waterways in the nation.” According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), more than 20,000 tons of trash and debris enter the Anacostia’s waters each year. From 1989 to 2009, Anacostia Watershed Society volunteers have removed 850 tons of trash from the watershed.
There are over 800,000 people living within the Anacostia River watershed in a 176 square mile area that occupies the eastern half of DC and significant portions of Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in MD. The area along the river is also home of to an abundance of wildlife, over 50 species of fish and 188 species of birds including the bald eagle.
We will be meeting in the Anacostia Park “Section F” parking lot (2223 Oklahoma Avenue Northeast, Washington D.C.), be on the lookout for our United By Blue flags. UBB scouted out this site and was quite shocked at what we found. Easily, we saw a few thousand plastic bottles along the marshlands and banks, about 250 tires, and tons of construction and household waste dumped along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. This could easily be one of our biggest cleanups to date, so tell your neighbors, friends, family, your mailman and everyone you know! See you on the 8th!