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For a Cleaner Anacostia River - The Anacostia River Sediment Project

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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Anacostia River Overview

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. The FS will evaluate potential remedial actions.

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UPDATE: The Anacostia River Use Survey

The Anacostia River Use Survey explores how the Anacostia River is currently used and ideas for its future use in 12 questions. The audience for the Survey is current and future river users. Some of the current river users that are targeted by the Survey include boaters – non motorized small boat (e.g., canoes, kayaks, sailing, SUP), motored small/large boat, and members of boating clubs (e.g., rowers, outriggers, dragon boats). Their responses will help us establish a recreational river depth. We are interested in anglers opinions – where they are fishing now and their ideas on river access. Responses are also important from new users or anyone interested in the learning more about the Anacostia River. Their responses will help us to learn about future recreational use preferences for the Anacostia River, as well as near river use interests like hiking, biking, and picnicking. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey. (Completa la encuesta en español)

On April 24, 2018, DOEE held a public meeting on the Anacostia River. DOEE provided an overview of the Anacostia River Sediment Project and explained how the public can comment on recently completed project documents. The event also featured informational tables showcasing connections to the Anacostia River from the Alice Ferguson Foundation, Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative, Anacostia Waterfront Trust, Anacostia Watershed Society, Anacostia River Keeper, DC Water, Department of Energy and Environment, and the National Park Service. View the slides presented at the public meeting.

Community Involvement Plan

For the public, stakeholders, and parties potentially responsible for pollution, DOEE has also prepared a Community Involvement Plan (CIP) for the Anacostia River Sediment Project 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 Involvement Plan is posted below.

If you have any questions regarding community involvement for the Anacostia River Sediment Project, please contact Gretchen Mikeska, Anacostia Coordinator at [email protected].

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.