Celebrating 50 Years of Wild & Scenic Rivers

Across the nation, river enthusiasts, communities and government agencies are preparing to celebrate wild rivers with the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, which falls in 2018 - during the Year of the Anacostia. 

Congress passed this landmark legislation on Oct. 2, 1968, to preserve selected rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

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Erin Garnaas-Holmes
Celebrate the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass's birth with the National Park Service on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18, 2018!

The National Park Service invites you to join us during Black History Month at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in historic Anacostia, Washington, D.C., to honor 200 years of the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass. On Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18, 2018, join us as we kickoff a yearlong bicentennial birthday commemoration.

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Erin Garnaas-Holmes
Honor MLK Jr. and His Legacy of Service to Others this Monday

You can help kick off the Year of the Anacostia and the centennial of Anacostia Park this Monday, January 15, by joining hundreds of other volunteers for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at several different events along the Anacostia River corridor. 

“2018 is such an exciting time as we all come together to restore the Anacostia River, uplift our parks, and inspire community unity” Anacostia Park Superintendent Tara Morrison said. “For the centennial of Anacostia Park, I challenge everyone in the surrounding communities to visit the park to make lasting memories, learn something new and have fun!"

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Erin Garnaas-Holmes
Funding Available for Year of the Anacostia Projects: DOEE is now accepting proposals for the Community Stormwater Solutions Grant!

DOEE's Community Stormwater Colutions Grant program provides start-up funding for community-oriented projects that improve the District’s waterways. Ideal projects should raise awareness and lead to behavior change around the impacts of stormwater runoff on the District’s water bodies. 

A special focus of this year’s grants are projects that support the “Year of the Anacostia”, which commemorates the 100 year anniversary of Anacostia Park and the many events and milestones that will be celebrated along the river in 2018.

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Erin Garnaas-Holmes
Join Us in 2018 for the Year of the Anacostia!

A dynamic group of local organizations, District and state agencies and the National Park Service have joined forces to launch the Year of the Anacostia! The Year of the Anacostia is a yearlong invitation to honor history, celebrate progress and enjoy the Anacostia River and its surroundings while envisioning an inspiring future. Throughout the year, organizations are invited to host events, activities, programs and projects along the Anacostia River to celebrate the ecological restoration, economic growth and community unity that surrounds the Anacostia watershed.

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Pya Langley
The Year of the Anacostia – Turning the Tide

The Anacostia River is increasingly getting better press, and more and more DC residents are beginning to recognize and celebrate the river as a vast and beautiful shared public amenity. The positive evolution of conventional wisdom around the river is decades in the making, and several “watershed” (get it?) milestones are approaching that will significantly change the river—and perhaps how we think about it.

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Erin Garnaas-Holmes
DC Council Introduces a Resolution to Declare 2018 the "Year of the Anacostia"

Today, all 13 members of the DC Council, following the notable leadership of Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, introduced a Sense of the Council resolution to declare 2018 “the Year of the Anacostia.” The resolution also says that the DC government should “identify resources and policies that create opportunities for recreation within the Anacostia watershed, ensure sustainable development on and along the Anacostia River, and continue improvements to the water quality of the Anacostia River.”

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Erin Garnaas-Holmes