What's the plan for the Anacostia Waterfront?

There are several moving parts

The Anacostia River waterfront is owned and managed by many different government agencies and used by many different groups. The future of the waterfront--including the future of the river's water quality, investment and programming the parks and changes in the neighborhoods nearby--depends on many moving parts. 

The timeline below indicates an estimated calendar of when some of these plans, projects or programs will take place and when the general public will have an opportunity to inform them. 


(Click to enlarge). All of these dates are estimates and subject to change. If you have further information about any of these projects, please contact us

Cleanup Projects

Several sites along the Anacostia River are contaminated with toxins and need to be cleaned up. These sites are listed in the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Superfund Enterprise Management System” database, which lists contaminated sites throughout the United States and identifies the parties responsible for cleaning them up. Read about each of these projects on the Anacostia River below, and follow the links to learn more about them.

The Anacostia River Sediment Project

The Anacostia River Sediment Project is a plan for how to remediate the sediment at the bottom of the Anacostia River. The sediment contains hazardous materials like pesticides and heavy metals due decades of urban and industrial activity nearby. The District Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) is conducting studies to assess the extent of pollution and evaluate ways to address it. Currently the project is in its second phase of assessing the extent of pollution. The plan to address pollution of the river sediment will be fully completed by July, 2018. There will be opportunities to comment on portions of the studies in the fall of 2017 and in April of 2018.  If you have any questions or comments on the Anacostia River Sediment Project, please contact Dev Murali, Remedial Project Manager at dev.murali@dc.gov. If you have any questions regarding community involvement for the Anacostia River Sediment Project, please contact Gretchen Mikeska, Anacostia Coordinator at gretchen.mikeska@dc.gov.

DC Water Anacostia River Tunnel Project / Clean Rivers Project

The Clean Rivers Project is DC Water’s ongoing program to reduce combined sewer overflow (CSO) into the Anacostia River and other waterways. The Project is a massive infrastructure project that will capture and clean water during rainfalls to avoid overflows of rain and sewage ever reaching the river. DC Water has been constructing the deep tunnels and faciltiies to direct water to the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant and the project is planned to be fully completed by March of 2018. If you have questions about the Clean Rivers Project, please contact _____.

Kenilworth Landfill

The area now known as Kenilworth Park was once a municipal landfill operated by the District of Columbia. The landfill was capped and designated as a park in the 1970s, but the soils and groundwater in the area contain some hazardous materials. The National Park Service (NPS) is leading the process to study the level of pollution in the park and identify ways to remediate it. The NPS will be doing additional investigations in 2017 and releasing a proposed plan for the Kenilworth Landfill in June of 2018. The northern half of Kenilworth Park is also slated to be transferred to the District of Columbia from the National Park Service. <link>See more below</link>. If you have any questions or comments about the Kenilworth Landfill, please contact Pya Langley, [title] [email].

Poplar Point

The area known as Poplar Point was once used for nurseries and greenhouses as well as a Naval Receiving Station, and now contains hazardous materials. The Deputy Mayor’s Office of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) is conducting studies on Poplar Point under NPS oversight, and will released a Proposed Plan for Poplar Point (??). Poplar Point is also slated to be transferred to the District of Columbia from the National Park Service. <link>See more below</link>. If you have any questions or comments about the Kenilworth Landfill, please contact Pya Langley, [title] [email].