18 Jul Anacostia Riverkeeper’s Water Quality Data In The News
In the wake of the MLB All-Star game festivities, Anacostia Riverkeeper’s water quality testing program was featured in a Washington Times article about the quality of water along the Anacostia, our programs, and the publishing of our results on an interactive web based platform called Swim Guide. In our latest round of sampling, 7 of our 8 sampling sites along the river were found to be safe for human contact in respect to EPA limits for bacterial contact. Despite these encouraging results, it’s important to note that there is still a ban on recreational swimming in DC waters of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers — however you can obtain a permit for special swimming events along the Potomac. Results are intended to inform citizens of the water quality in DC waters and don’t represent a “green light” for swimming. Anacostia Riverkeeper currently only samples locations on the Anacostia River, however with recent DOEE funding, and support from partner organizations, we will expand our sampling to include locations on the Potomac River and Rock Creek.