Early Recap: Connecting for a Cleaner Anacostia River, June 21, 2017

Early Recap: Connecting for a Cleaner Anacostia River, June 21, 2017

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!

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Help the National Park Service keep track of the Geese!

Help the National Park Service keep track of the Geese!

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.

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Join the Policy Advisory Council for DOEE's Weatherization Assistance Program

Join the Policy Advisory Council for DOEE's Weatherization Assistance Program

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.

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APACC Members are Leading the Discussion: Diversity and Inclusion in Decision-Making about Urban Parks, Climate Change and Resilience

APACC Members are Leading the Discussion: Diversity and Inclusion in Decision-Making about Urban Parks, Climate Change and Resilience

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.

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2017 East River JazzFest - Come to a performance in the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens this Sunday

2017 East River JazzFest - Come to a performance in the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens this Sunday

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. 

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Announcement: Anacostia River Sediment Project Stakeholder Meeting

Announcement: Anacostia River Sediment Project Stakeholder Meeting

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). 

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The wider the gap between rich and poor, the more the environment suffers

The wider the gap between rich and poor, the more the environment suffers

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.”

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Resilient Infrastructure: DC’s Shades of Community Greening

Resilient Infrastructure: DC’s Shades of Community Greening

This article was originally posted on APACC member Anacostia Waterfront Trust's blog on May 15th, 2017. It is written by Katherine Antos, former Anacostia Ambassador with AWT, and highlights some of the work that APACC members are doing to address resilience in the Anacostia watershed through green infrastructure.

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Welcome Flotsam and Jetsam, new DC Water trash skimmers on the Anacostia!

Welcome Flotsam and Jetsam, new DC Water trash skimmers on the Anacostia!

DC Water has just named two of its newest skimmer boats "Flotsam" and "Jetsam", names selected by a competition on Twitter. We welcome the new vessels to the Anacostia River! DC Water operates these boats to pick up trash and debris from the Anacostia River. Each year, the boats pick up around 400 tons of trash.

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