On Thursday, May 11th, the Anacostia Waterfront Trust will be hosting a ribbon cutting event at the national headquarters of the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC) in Ward 7. The event will mark the completion of the Trust’s first bioretention (or rain garden) facility, located on what is known as the “Holy Hill”. This garden is part of RainPay, our triple-bottom-line program designed to bring tangible improvements to the Anacostia River and watershed communities while providing financial benefits to the neighborhood. Come out if you can and help us celebrate this momentum!

Event Information:

11:00 AM Thursday, May 11, 2017
Progressive National Baptist Convention
601 50th Street NE
Washington, DC 20019

The event speakers include:

  • Cecil A. Rodrigues, Acting Administrator, U.S. EPA Mid-Atlantic Region 
  • Dr. Timothy Tee Boddie, General Secretary, Progressive National Baptist Convention 
  • Tommy Wells, Director, District Department of Energy and Environment 
  • Doug Siglin, Executive Director, Anacostia Waterfront Trust 
  • Jake Reilly, Chesapeake Bay Program Director, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

To RSVP for the event, follow the link to the event page or email Chris Karakul at ckarakul@anacostiatrust.org.

The RainPay program is designed to accelerate the pace of cleaning up the Anacostia River by partnering with nonprofits, houses of worship, and small businesses to build green infrastructure projects in the Anacostia watershed. These projects then generate “Stormwater Retention Credits” through a program managed by the District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). These credits can be sold to property owners that have requirements for managing stormwater as a part of a new construction or renovation project.  

The project at PNBC will collect, retain and treat stormwater from an adjacent building and parking lot, helping to address pollution and erosion caused by stormwater runoff. It is projected to earn enough revenue from the sale of the credits it generates to pay PNBC for hosting the garden, to pay for ongoing maintenance for the project and to fund additional projects in the watershed.


PNBC is a nationally significant convention of Baptist churches, representing more than 2,500,000 American Baptists. Since being founded in 1961, it has been driven by a vision to unite African Americans to positively impact the community. As a member of member of the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative, PNBC has taken a leadership role in promoting and demonstrating sustainability. PNBC has many member congregations in the region, and is working with the Trust to engage its membership in helping to restore the Anacostia River.

In addition to PNBC, the Trust is partnering with Casey Trees, the DOEE, Anacostia Riverkeeper and Green Scheme for different aspects of the project. Casey Trees has donated two river birch trees for the rain garden. Anacostia Riverkeeper and Green Scheme will be conducting a series of educational workshops at the site. Funding for the project was provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Altria Group, Inc through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund.