Principles and Goals


Principles and Goals



United for a Healthy Anacostia River has two fundamental principles:

1.      The District government must follow the law in the FY2015 Budget Support Act establishing June 30, 2018 as a deadline for the Record of Decision in the Anacostia River Sediment Project (this means that planning must be completed and a cleanup option chosen by the end of June 2018). The cleanup option must be determined through a rigorous scientific process.

2.   Once the Record of Decision is issued, the District government must implement the principle of “Polluter Pays” and hold those who are found to be responsible accountable for their fair share of the cleanup costs. 


Our Work

  • The coalition will respectfully but firmly advocate the elimination of toxic chemicals in the Anacostia River
  • It will be comprised of environmental, business, community and religious-based organizations.
  • It will actively participate in educational efforts directed to the public, the media, elected officials, and candidates as allowed by laws and regulations. 

Steering Group


Steering Group

The Anacostia Watershed Citizens Advisory Committee (AWCAC) serves as the citizen arm of the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership (AWRP). This committee provides a vital link between the watershed community and the AWRP to ensure that public interests are considered during all restoration and protection projects and activities

 Anacostia Riverkeeper is the voice for clean water and healthy communities in the Anacostia watershed.  Like a "neighborhood watch" for the watershed, we patrol our streams and rivers and hold all accountable to their environmental responsibilities. We advocate for clean water laws that are fair and enforced consistently

The mission of the Anacostia Watershed Society is to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores, and honoring the heritage.


 DC Appleseed solves problems affecting the daily lives of those who live and work in the National Capital area. They work with volunteer attorneys, business leaders, and community experts to identify pressing challenges, conduct research and analysis, make specific recommendations for reform, and implement effective solutions. 

 The DC Environmental Network, founded in 1996 — is working toward a vision of rebuilding Washington, DC’s neighborhoods and communities for long-term economic stability — accomplishing this by protecting and restoring the Capital City’s urban environment

The FCC focuses the creativity, talents and resources of the Washington, D.C. area’s business and professional community on major challenges and opportunities facing the District.  


Launched in Ward 7 and focused on the communities that border the Anacostia River and the region of the Anacostia watershed, Groundwork Anacostia River DC utilizes environmental restoration goals as a vehicle for community development.


NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.



Clean Water Action is a one million member organization of diverse people and groups joined together to protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life. 





The following organizations have also pledged their support to United for a Healthy Anacostia River:

     8A04 Advisory Neighborhood Commission

     Anacostia Community Boathouse Association

     Day Eight Arts Company

     DC Sail

     Earth Conservation Corps 

     Economic Growth DC

     Friends of Quincy Run

     Friends of Lower Beaverdam Creek

     Historic Anacostia Block Association (HABA)

     National Parks Conservation Association

     National Wildlife Foundation

     Near Southeast Community Partners (NSCP)

     Potomac Conservancy

     River East Emerging Leaders (r.e.e.l.)

     Sierra Club (DC Chapter)


If you would like to pledge your support to United for a Healthy Anacostia River, please email healthyanacostiariver@gmail.com with your name, organization, phone and email.