The Anacostia River is one of the most polluted rivers in the nation. It is considered a Chesapeake Bay Program Area of Concern and is listed as an Urban Water of National Significance by the federal government. Efforts to restore the Anacostia watershed began nearly three decades ago. Since that time, local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as environmental organizations and dedicated private citizens have contributed significant resources toward re-establishing as much of the original ecosystem as possible.

In 2006, the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership (AWRP) was formed. The AWRP is a regional, multi-jurisdictional, consortium dedicated to restoring and protecting the Anacostia River. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) serves as the administrative home of the AWRP, taking responsibility for facilitating meetings, activities, and information sharing among members of the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership. For more information about the AWRP, please visit www.anacostia.net.

In the past 30 years, significant progress has been made in cleaning up the Anacostia, but there is still much work that needs to be done. This blog, which is maintained by the Anacostia Watershed Manager at COG, focuses on highlighting the work being done to restore the health of the Anacostia River and its watershed.