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What We Do


The Anacostia Waterfront Trust

Our mission is to help to create a vibrant and inclusive public waterfront and adjacent communities, on a healthy Anacostia River, for all citizens to enjoy.

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What We Do


The Anacostia Waterfront Trust

Our mission is to help to create a vibrant and inclusive public waterfront and adjacent communities, on a healthy Anacostia River, for all citizens to enjoy.

OUR VISION

The destiny of Washington, DC, as an exceptional global city is inextricably linked to the Anacostia River corridor. Once a long-neglected rift between communities, the forgotten river and the parks along its banks will be restored and become a vibrant network of places where the District comes together. The ambitious project of improving the water and parks will forge new opportunities for nearby residents and provide benefits to all District neighborhoods. Celebrated by residents and visitors alike, the new world-class waterfront along a beautiful and healthy Anacostia River will become a hallmark of the District’s identity as a diverse, unified and thriving city.

WHAT WE DO

The Anacostia Waterfront Trust promotes the creation of a world-class Anacostia waterfront that enhances equity, improves resilience and unites the District of Columbia. We collaborate with our partners to coordinate andimplement efforts to improve the water, land andcommunities of the Anacostia River corridor. The Trust ensures that changes within the river corridor contribute toward a unified vision that achieves more than the sum of its individual parts.


Vision and Advocacy 

 

 The Trust is the “keeper of the dream” for the Anacostia River corridor: we advocate for a healthy, visionary, exemplary, resilient, equitable, vibrant, 21st Century urban waterfront.


COORDINATION and ENGAGEMENT

The Trust is dedicated to bringing many the stakeholders involved in the future of the Anacostia River to the table. We facilitate communication and cooperation between government agencies and community organizations that work on issues in the Anacostia River and surrounding parks and communities.  For instance, the Trust coordinates the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative (APACC), a group of 18 community-based and citywide nonprofit organizations interested in working collectively to catalyze and assist the transformation of the Anacostia River Corridor in the District of Columbia.


 IMPLEMENTATION AND Resources

The Trust organizes people, expertise and resources to move progress on the Anacostia waterfront forward. 


Our Goals


Our Goals

Our Goals


Our Goals

 

We work toward the following:

 

VIBRANT WATERFRONT PARKS

More than 1000 acres of public parkland lie along the Anacostia River, shared by the federal government and the District.  This extraordinary system of riverside open space in the heart of the nation’s capital will set the global goal standard for 21st Century urban parkland. The Anacostia waterfront should be an active place, all day, every day, all year round, in and out of the water.

CLEAN and Safe WATER

After decades of citizen advocacy and public and private efforts, much has been done to limit pollution and erosion in the Anacostia River. For the first time in generations, we can envision a clean, healthy, swimmable and fishable river safe for everyone – a world-class river for a world-class waterfront.

JOBs

The Anacostia Waterfront Trust is dedicated to finding ways to improve the river, land and communities in the Anacostia River Corridor in a way that will generate jobs and income for DC residents, especially those in Wards 7 and 8.

HEALTH

Outstanding parks are a prescription for better health for children and adults.  Walking, running, biking, canoeing, kayaking, exercising, and just enjoying nature all equal mental, physical, community health..

Education

Children who have access to outdoor learning environments learn more about their world and score higher on exams. The river and the waterfront parks provide an incredible opportunity for educational enhancement in science and many other subject areas.  And outdoor education is fun!

ACCESS

People living near the Anacostia River should be able to safely walk or bike to the water's edge. Much of the Anacostia River park system is cut off from nearby neighborhoods by road infrastructure, but ways for people to walk, bike or drive under or over the highways can be enhanced. 

Resilience

More frequent and intense storms and sea level rise are predicted in the decades to come; natural areas can help to address these threats while making the river ecologically healthier. Habitat restoration and resilient design strategies can help the District prepare for the effects of a changing climate.

UNITY IN DIVERSITY

The Anacostia River and the parkland around it have been a dividing line for generations; it must become a place that brings us together and celebrates our unity in our diversity. We are committed to making the waterfront a place for all residents and visitors. 

Our Board of Directors


Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors


Our Board of Directors

Our Team


Our Team

Our Team


Our Team

Our Projects


Our Projects

Our Projects


Our Projects

The Trust advocates for the creation of a world-class urban waterfront and we coordinate and advance efforts to improve the water, land and communities of the Anacostia River corridor. Learn more about the Trust here


RainPay

The Anacostia Waterfront Trust's RainPay program takes advantage of the District of Columbia's stormwater retention credit program to simultaneously provide additional income to DC landowners, particularly those in Wards 7 and 8, while improving water quality and beautifying neighborhoods with green infrastructure like rain gardens. 

RainPay completed its first project in February, 2017. Learn more about how you can make money from planting a rain garden and improving water quality in the Anacostia River: 


Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative

The Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative (APACC) is a project of the Anacostia Waterfront Trust and involves 17 community-based and citywide nonprofit organizations interested in working collectively to catalyze and assist the transformation of the Anacostia River Corridor in the District of Columbia. The principal objective is to help to create a great socially and economically beneficial civic space, on a clean river, adjacent to healthy, green, diverse, and exemplary communities. We want our organizations and the people we serve to be part of that transformation which will most likely take many years to achieve.