District of Columbia

Lower Beaverdam Creek Clean Up

We found a lawnmower!Clean Water Action was recently a partner in the Earth Conservation Corps’ 2013 Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) Lower Beaver Dam Creek Clean up.

STLF's mission is to reveal leadership through service relationships, and action, they engage college, high school, and middle school students in service and leadership. Together with Anacostia Riverkeeper, Groundwork Anacostia, Friends of Lower Beaverdam Creek, Friends of Quincy Run, and the Town of Cheverly we were able to pull out 52 tires, 135 bags of trash, 60 bags of trash, two car bumpers, two bikes, a lawnmower, and weed whacker from the water. In total we had 250 students volunteer for this event.

Strengthening DC Water Standards in 2013

Momentum is building for improved standards to protect the Anacostia, Potomac and other rivers, streams and creeks from pollution that is washed off of streets and other paved surfaces. Proposed new “stormwater” regulations are a vast improvement over current policies.

Chesapeake Currents | Spring 2013

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Spring 2013 Edition


Building on Past Victories to Protect Maryland’s Water

Last year’s landmark Watershed Protection and Restoration Act victory has energized local governments in Baltimore and Maryland’s largest counties to develop new funding for reducing pollution from streets and parking lots. Local jurisdictions will enact stormwater utility fees, ending subsidies to developers who have long avoided accountability for pollution flowing from paved areas. These local measures will generate millions of dollars to help residents and businesses to improve water management. This will reduce torrential and devastating flows and flooding downstream and capture rain water that can be used for many purposes, including cultivation of green landscapes. Read More

Sustainable DC Plan Debfrief

On March 28th at Noon, join the DC Environmental Network (DCEN) for a special de-brief on Mayor Gray’s Sustainable DC plan that was officially released on February 20, 2013. This event will take place at the offices of the DC Environmental Network, 1100 15th Street, 11th Floor. All are welcome!  RSVP Here!

Clean Rivers Action Day

It's time again for all of us who are tired of having polluted rivers cut through our neighborhoods to tell Mayor Gray and the District of Columbia Council that we want clean rivers now. We cannot have another decade of elected officials standing on the edge of our riverbanks, pretending to prioritize restoration, while at the same time undermining important initiatives that would do just that. We have in our grasp the tools to start making this happen.

Sign-up to join us on February 13th at 10:00 AM, at the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 504), for the DC Environmental Network's first Clean River's Action Day of 2013.  We will meet in the offices of our clean water champion, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, to present him with our views and urge him to tell the Mayor to pass meaningful stormwater and wetlands regulations. We will then break up into smaller groups and take our message to the other DC Council offices and finally share our message with a representative of the Gray administration.

Let's help the Mayor and Council make a real commitment to a sustainable District of Columbia. All are welcome.

Chesapeake Currents | Elections 2012

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elections 2012 edition

are you a clean water voter?

The environmental stakes have never been higher than in this year’s elections. The next President and Congress — and the leaders who are elected at the state and local levels this fall — can do much to restore the nation’s commitment to clean air and water and healthy communities. The right leadership can make sure the United States is positioned to reap the full economic and job creation benefits that will come from smart investment in a clean energy and clean water future.
The past two years brought more attacks on fundamental protections than ever before. The U.S. House led the way — backwards — voting more than three hundred times to dismantle the Clean Water Act, weaken clean air protections, strip funding from environmental protection programs, effectively dismantle the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and more. Without the U.S. Senate and veto threats from President Obama to stop these bills from becoming law, the results would have been disastrous. Read more

Be Mindful Where You Put Your Trash

Improper curbside disposalImproperly setting out trash for curbside pick up, littering, and illegal dumping all contribute to poor stream water quality and urban blight In Capitol Heights. We're working with community leaders and the Town of Capitol Heights to raise awareness about the negative impacts on streams and the community from these poor waste disposal practices.  Water from Capitol Heights’ streets and storm drains flow directly to the Watts Branch, a tributary of the Anacostia, carrying loads of pollutants including trash. This polluted runoff flows down the Anacostia and out to the Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay. According to the Washington Metropolitan of Council of Government’s 2010 Anacostia Watershed Restoration Plan and Report, the Watts Branch has one of the highest trash loads in the Anacostia watershed.

Reducing Trash in Our Waterways

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Clean Water Action worked with young scouts from Cub Scout Pack #380 to install a catch basin (storm drain) screen in Southeast DC. The screen, designed by the scouts, allows water to pass through but keeps bigger pieces of trash from clogging up the storm drain. Made from chicken wire, zip cords & rocks, the scouts will monitor the screen and track how much refuge it collects. Using this scientific process, the Pack #380 will soon become the first S.T.E.M. scout pack in the DC area.

Making the Anacostia Safe

we’ve never protected the anacostia watershed the way we should.

During the Civil War the Federal government damaged the watershed through deforestation – clearing trees to facilitate the construction of various facilities. Military activities in the 19th and 20th century at the Navy Yard and other sites discharged chemicals and other materials into the river, and this toxic contamination has been a major issue for decades.  These materials and chemicals are highly toxic and settled in to the sediment of the river. This has resulted in fish developing tumors and has made the water unsafe to drink, swim in, or eat from.

Standing Up for Clean Water

Congresswoman Norton

Stand with Representative Norton today!

thank you representative norton!

Thank you Eleanor Holmes Norton for standing up for clean water in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.   During a Committee debate on a bill (HR 4965) to block Administration progress on closing gaps in Clean Water Act Protection, Rep. Norton offered an alternative amendment. The amendment would have ensured that drinking water was protected.

While the amendment was defeated and the HR 4965 passed, Representative Norton's amendment showed that she's a true Clean Water Leaders who stands for people, not polluters! Stand with Representative Norton and support the President's Clean Water Policies today

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