WWD in Washington 2.0

WWD in Washington 2.0

The most innovative thing going on in DC to improve water quality could be a model for the world.

Changing Perceptions about the Anacostia with Media and Messaging

Changing Perceptions about the Anacostia with Media and Messaging

Even though the weather hasn’t quite settled into spring yet, the Anacostia watershed has already been getting a lot of buzz this year.

The watershed is doing better than it has in a long time, thanks to the hard work of many government agencies, organizations and advocates. And as the water resources and parks are improving, the river corridor is becoming an even more attractive place for recreation, leisure and adventure.

10 Anacostia Corridor Vignettes for Black History Month

10 Anacostia Corridor Vignettes for Black History Month

African Americans have been making history in the Anacostia River Corridor since before President Washington established the borders of the District of Columbia in 1791.  Here are 10 snapshots to help celebrate Black History Month during the Year of the Anacostia.  Enjoy!

DC Council's Year of the Anacostia Hearing

DC Council's Year of the Anacostia Hearing

On January 11th, the Council's Transportation and Environment Committee will hear from the public about the Year of the Anacostia resolution.  Read Doug Siglin's statement.

The Year of the Anacostia: Day One

The Year of the Anacostia: Day One

Today we start off a year of hope and action for the Anacostia River, the huge public parkland adjacent to it, and the communities near the river and parks. 

Notes from the Anacostia Ambassador – 2017 in Review: Building Capacity, Making Progress and Setting the Stage along the Anacostia Corridor

Notes from the Anacostia Ambassador – 2017 in Review: Building Capacity, Making Progress and Setting the Stage along the Anacostia Corridor

I stepped into the role of Anacostia Ambassador this past May of 2017. Between Katherine Antos, the former Ambassador, myself, Doug Siglin and other staff from the Anacostia Waterfront Trust, the Ambassadorship–part of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership–spent much of 2017 serving as a key coordinator between at least 88 unique, hard-working groups in the Anacostia watershed. While many people enjoyed the river and waterfront parks in 2017–perhaps biking along the expanded RiverWalk Trail, fishing from the docks at Diamond Teague Park or maybe even trying stand-up paddleboarding on the Anacostia River–hundreds of people from government agencies, non-profits, neighborhood groups and businesses have been working hard to clean up the river and plan for the future.

Year of the Anacostia Website is Launched

Year of the Anacostia Website is Launched

The Anacostia Waterfront Trust has been working closely with the National Park Service and others to help launch the "Year of the Anacostia," a yearlong celebration of the Anacostia River corridor in 2018. Read more about why 2018 is the #YearoftheAnacostia in the press release from the National Park Service below, and at the website we launched today: www.yearoftheanacostia.com 

Support the plan for Kingman and Heritage Islands

Support the plan for Kingman and Heritage Islands

People who believe that Kingman and Heritage Islands could play an essential positive role in the education, and the social and emotional health, of the District’s children need to let Mayor Bowser know that they want it funded. We have created a very easy way to do that. Just go to this link on our website and fill out the simple form to join the many people signing a request letter to Mayor Bowser. It’s a simple way to take an important action for a lot of DC kids.

Notes from the Anacostia Ambassador: Getting to the River can be Hard

Notes from the Anacostia Ambassador: Getting to the River can be Hard

Despite all of the positive momentum happening around the Anacostia River, one of the waterfront’s primary challenges still remains: getting to the river. The Anacostia River runs through over one thousand acres of parkland in the District of Columbia (more parkland than Central Park!), and although many of these parks are right next to residential neighborhoods, they can be hard to get to and hard to find. Huge barriers like highways and large fenced-off parcels separate communities from the parks in their own backyard. Some of the few existing ways to get into the parks do not feel safe, inviting nor welcoming. As DC and Maryland continue to improve the quality of water and parks in the Anacostia corridor, similar efforts must be put into making sure that people can actually get to the ever-better river.

Notes from the Anacostia Ambassador: The Year of the Anacostia – Turning the Tide

Notes from the Anacostia Ambassador: 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.

The Clean Water Act Turns 45

The Clean Water Act Turns 45

Raise a glass (of clean water!) to the Clean Water Act and offer a word of thanks as it celebrates its 45th birthday.

Kingman Island Could Unite Us

Kingman Island Could Unite Us

An Opinion by Rev. Keith Kitchen and Doug Siglin published in the Washington Post, October 15, 2017. 

Notes from the Anacostia Ambassador: On Partnering with the National Park Service

Notes from the Anacostia Ambassador: On Partnering with the National Park Service

The National Park Service owns and manages a majority of the Anacostia River waterfront. National Capital Parks-East (NACE), which manages Anacostia Park, relies on local partners, including residents, non-profits and DC government agencies, to help achieve its mission. NACE is currently expanding its capacity to collaborate with new and existing partners.

Planning for Change in the Anacostia Corridor

Planning for Change in the Anacostia Corridor

It is critical to set up a process for residents in the front line neighborhoods, working alongside experts in housing, policy, planning and other fields, to define what they want their communities to be. 

"Not Just Some Children – All Children"

"Not Just Some Children – All Children"

Recently, I was thinking about the proposed plan for the modest children’s environmental education campus on Kingman/National Children’s Island, and I happened to see an interview with someone named Jason Morris.