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For a Cleaner Anacostia River - The Anacostia River Sediment Project

Friday, March 18, 2016


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 (RI/FS) of the Anacostia River sediments. The purpose of the RI 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 RI, studies will also integrate sampling and data collection to support a study for the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) of the river. After additional RI work is complete, the FS will evaluate potential remedial actions.

Project Updates

Phase I Draft Remedial Investigation Report Released for Public Comment

On March 18, 2016, the District Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) released the Draft Phase I Remedial Investigation (RI) report. It presents the results of the remedial investigation that studied the tidal portion of the Anacostia River, including the river from its confluence point with the Potomac River to the northeast and northwest branch of the river. It also includes Washington Channel and Kingman Lake. DOEE studied surface sediment, subsurface sediment, surface sediment pore water, surface water, benthic tissue, and fish tissue by collecting and analyzing more than 900 samples.

As part of the investigation, DOEE also performed an ecological and a human health risk assessment, to analyze whether site contaminants pose a current or potential risk to ecology or human health in the absence of remediation.

DOEE is soliciting public comments on the published document. You may obtain a copy of the Draft Phase I Remedial Investigation Report by any of the following means:

Follow this link or go to the bottom of the page to find other appropriate links; or

Visit the Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library at 3660 Alabama Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20020 or the Rosedale Neighborhood Library at 1701 Gales Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 during normal business hours.

Members of the public can review the RI Report, and provide comments, as appropriate, using the comment form provided. Written Comments on the form should be clearly marked “Anacostia Draft Phase I Remedial Investigation Report Comments” and:

  1. E-mailed to DOEE.sedimentproject@dc.gov,
  2. Mailed or hand-delivered to the Department of Energy and Environment, Dev Murali, 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002, or
  3. If reviewing at a DC Public Library location, a comment form may be submitted to a representative at the library.

The public comment period for the Phase I Draft RI Report ends on May 10, 2016.

Community Involvement Plan

For the public, stakeholders, and parties potentially responsible for pollution, DOEE has also prepared a Community Involvement Plan (CIP) that serves as a planning tool to promote an open dialogue throughout the Department’s investigation and during any remedial cleanup. DOEE is fully committed to involving the public in every phase of the investigation and cleanup efforts in a substantial and significant manner to meet established goals. The Community Involved Plan is posted below, as well as responses to public comments on the plan.

If you have any questions or comments on the Anacostia River Sediment Project, please contact Dev Murali, Remedial Project Manager at dev.murali@dc.gov.

Administrative Record File

The administrative record file provides public access to Anacostia River Sediment Project documents. This includes records that the Department uses or considers for the project as well as documents that demonstrate the public’s participation in the project.

To utilize the administrative record file, please open the index file within the link below, which provides a list of all documents and their respective locations within folders and subfolders.

Administrative Record File, which includes: