Anacostia Riverkeeper Submits Comments for Draft Anacostia River Sediment RI

Anacostia Riverkeeper (ARK) worked closely with other environmental groups and experts in the fields of hydrology and river sediment transport to review the Draft RI and submit comments, questions, and recommendations to DOEE.  The open comment period for the Draft Anacostia Sediment Remedial Investigation Report (Draft RI) closed May 10, 2016.  Our key areas of concern include ongoing contamination of the river that impacts the human health risk assessment and ecological risk assessment for fish and aquatic life.  We also want to ensure that the Anacostia River remains navigable for on-water activities and that the restoration of the river means it is safe for frequent swimming and fishing.

DOEE received 335 comments during the comment period and is currently in the process of reviewing them and responding to commenters.  The responses and comments will be reported out to the community within the next 30 – 45 days.  Check back on our website for a link to DOEE’s responses when published.

In a meeting with DOEE on May 17, 2016 we were informed that Phase II of the RI would begin in early June.  Additional sediment sampling will take place along the river and in the tributaries. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and University of Maryland (UMD) have begun setting up sampling stations along the Northeast Branch and Northwest Branch tributaries to study how much sediment transport is ongoing from Maryland.

To read ARK Comments and learn about the Next Steps between now and a possible Final Decision on remediation action click here.