The Natural Resources Defense Council says this about the Anacostia River: "In the heart of the nation's capital, running from Bladensburg, Md., to Washington, D.C., is a river that is a poster child for America's tragically neglected, abused urban waterways. Although the eight-mile-long Anacostia River is surrounded by parkland, it is severely polluted by sediment, nutrients, pathogens, toxins and trash. Because the Anacostia is relatively flat and extremely tidal, it moves -- and flushes itself -- slowly, making it especially vulnerable to contamination. It's unsafe to swim in the Anacostia, or to eat its fish. Yet its troubles, though extreme, are hardly unique: Similar problems plague many of our country's urban and suburban rivers." http://www.nrdc.org/water/pollution/fanacost.asp
Join us for an informal discussion about the pollution issues facing DC's waterways and how you can help clean it up. Learn how individuals, businesses and community groups can help restore what is a tremendous resource to the city and surrounding areas. We will talk about the history of the Anacostia river, the most urgent issue causing the river to be so polluted, and practical things we can all do to help prevent further contamination of our local waterways.
Irv Sheffey, Associate Field Organizer for the Sierra Club's Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships Program. http://www.sierraclub.org/ej/programs/dc.aspx
Lee Cain, Director of Adult Education Programs for the Anacostia Watershed Society. http://www.anacostiaws.org/about/staff