APACC submitted a joint response to the DC Office of Planning’s call for amendments to the Comprehensive Plan in the spring of 2017. We did this because our collaborative represents organizations that span a variety of missions and interests but that overlap on a central shared goal to achieve a healthy Anacostia River with exemplary parks and thriving communities along its shores, particularly east of the river.Read More
Over 80 people gathered in the basement of Thurgood Marshall Academy in Anacostia last month for an event titled “Connecting for a Cleaner Anacostia River.” The first of several planned public events, this meeting on June 21 featured presentations by Tommy Wells of the Department of Energy & Environment, Tara Morrison of the National Park Service and consultants working on behalf of both agencies. The presentations updated the audience about the latest progress on the “Anacostia River Sediment Project” (ARSP) - the plan to clean up contamination at the bottom of the Anacostia River.Read More
Saturday, July 15 | 11am – 1pm
Join the Anacostia Community Museum to explore the various ways in which DC residents have documented the Anacostia River and its communities and what impact such documentation can have on the health of the river and the neighborhoods along its banks. Discussion will include how the various visions and experiences of individuals can help to create a multi-layered sense of place that is honored by all, the multitude of ways in which documentation can take place, the power created by such efforts, and the importance of youth participation in the placement of their river and communities in the historical record.Read More
By nearly every metric, the educational, income, housing, and environmental progress that have redefined Washington stops at the banks of the Anacostia River. With several million square feet of new residential and commercial construction is scheduled to come to Wards 7 and 8 over the next five years, the District currently has a unique window of opportunity to address the housing and energy cost challenges East of the River.Read More
The Washington DC Economic Partnership releases annual reports about 54 of DC's neighborhoods, focusing on commercial corridors. If you are interested in knowing more about the local business scene in your neighborhood or even starting your own local business, the latest reports are a fantastic place to start.Read More
What happened to the efforts to get a silkworm industry started in DC? Why do we have lotuses in DC? Learn about where history and botany meet on the third of a series of guided history tours with the Washington Area Bicycle Association's DC Trail Rangers and the National Park Service.
What: Bloom, Botany and Bikes
When: July 17th, 10am - 1pm
Where: Starting from Benning Rd NE and Anacostia Dr NE
Several APACC members participated in a community planning team alongside the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) and the National Park Service (NPS) to host a meeting for stakeholders to talk about cleaning up the sediment in the Anacostia River. Over 85 people attended the first of what will be several meetings over coming months to talk about pollution in the river bottom and what can be done about it. We will post a more detailed summary of the meeting here soon, but for now you can relive the meeting by viewing this "Storify," a summary of Twitter activity during the event!Read More
An event taking place Saturday, June 24th at the Shaw Library (1630 7th St. NW) will discuss gentrification, activism and the experience of residents in transforming neighborhoods. The issue of gentrification is increasingly relevant when thinking about the Anacostia waterfront.Read More
The National Park Service is looking for volunteers to assist with their annual Canada Goose Survey. NPS is gathering data on the resident Canada Goose population as part of the implementation of a completed Environmental Impact Statement that determines wetland and resident and Canada Goose management.Read More
DOEE's Weatherization Assistance Program provides services to low-income households including insulation, duct sealing, heating and cooling systems repairs or replacement, air infiltration mitigation; and reducing electric base load consumption through measures such as energy efficient lighting and appliances.The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) is seeking applicants for participation in the Fiscal Year 2018 Weatherization Policy Advisory Council (PAC) through Friday June 30, 2017.Read More
Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative (APACC) has been leading the discussion about meaningfully engaging and including diverse voices in decision-making on important issues like climate change, land development and resilience.
While these issues are often addressed through government plans and programs, community organizations like APACC’s members—and the people we serve—face the reality and impacts of these issues in our daily lives and work.Read More
Please join Friends of the Kenilworth Aquatic Garden (an Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative member) at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens for a live jazz performance this Sunday at 10am, featured as part of the 2017 East River JAZZFest.
Mystical Monk, presented by Charles Rahmat Woods Duo, will perform in the Gardens located at 1550 Anacostia Ave NE.Read More
Several APACC member organizations have been working with the District Department of Energy and Environment and the National Park Service to plan the first of several planned public meetings to discuss the Anacostia River Sediment Project, which will determine the future of the contaminated sediment at the bottom of the Anacostia River.
The first of these meetings has been scheudled for Wednesday, June 21st, from 10:00AM-12:00PM (registration and refreshments at 9:30AM).Read More
A recent report flips the common narrative that says that climate change “exacerbates social and economic inequality,” and instead argues that inequality can itself drive climate change. The report, by Susan Holmberg of the Roosevelt Institute, shows that “unequal societies inflict more environmental damage than more economically even societies.”Read More