C o n v e r s a t i o n To d a y The Anacostia has been a focus for clean up efforts since the late 1980s, but the conversation has picked up in just the past few years. DC Mayor Vincent Grey has made the river a priority in his 2012 Sustainable DC Report, calling for the Anacostia to be fishable and swimmable in 20 years. Also, the Anacostia is currently under construction for a 26 ft diameter tunnel that will connect CSO outfalls with Blue Plains treatment center, relieving the river from over 90% of its current stormwater runoff, the largest pollution source in the river.
A Community of Fish + Flows Despite economic and political setbacks, the Anacostia community has strong ties to and narratives about this river, oftentimes going back generations. Although it is illegal to consume fish from the river, over 17,000 people still eat the fish from the Anacostia. For many, it is the source of protein in their diet. Similarly, several elders share stories of how they learned to swim in the river, back when pools were segregated. And many congregations used to host their baptism in the Anacostia’s waters.
A VISION FOR A SUSTAINABLE DC
source: DC Mayor Vincent Gray’s Sustainable DC Plan 12 | Hayes
source: DC Water
Kate Hayes | Master of Landscape Architecture Thesis