2018: Year of the River

2018: The Year of the Anacostia

Come and check out what’s planned for the year!

Adopt a River Program

To celebrate 2018 and The Year of the Anacostia, Anacostia Riverkeeper has inaugurated the “Adopt a River” program to encourage local communities, businesses, and stakeholders to invest in a cleaner Anacostia River. Anacostia Riverkeeper’s “Adopt a River” provides and opportunity to support work that adds community value through increased river access for residents and increased trash and stormwater mitigation efforts for a healthier Anacostia river and community. Businesses and individuals can donate the following amounts to sponsor and preserve different reaches of the river:

  • $10,000 a mile
  • $5,000 half mile
  • $2,500 quarter mile


Current Sponsors


Quarter Mile




FNF Mother with ARK logo

DC Water’s Clean Rivers Project

The Anacostia River Tunnel Project is the second in a series of four tunnels that will mitigate combined sewer overflows that are currently discharged to the Anacostia River. In March 2018,  upon completion of this first phase of the Clean Rivers Project, combined sewer overflows to the Anacostia River have now been reduced by 81 percent. The overall goal of the Clean Rivers Project is to reduce the volume of combined sewer overflows thereby reducing the amount of potentially harmful bacteria into the river, hopefully allowing the Anacostia to be swimmable once again. Check out the current water quality along the Anacostia here.


Learn more about DC’s Clean Rivers Project

Anacostia River Sediment Project

The Anacostia River Sediment Project is focused on the cleanup of contaminated sediments in the Anacostia River and is being implemented by the District’s Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) and the National Park Service (NPS). The project’s overall goal is to protect public health, protect the environment, and finally remove all fish consumption advisories along the whole length of the river. A Proposed Plan that specifies the selected cleanup option for the contaminated sediments is scheduled to be completed in 2018.


Learn more about the Anacostia River Sediment Project