The community push is on to get budget back for cleanup of the Anacostia River and Kenilworth Park.

The community push is on to get $5 million added back in to the Department of Energy and Environment for the cleanup of the Anacostia River and Kenilworth Park. APACC member Clean Water Action recently blogged about the situation and the actions taken April 28 at the DOEE budget hearing.

The Anacostia River corridor within the District of Columbia is comprised of 15 miles of shoreline, 1,200 acres of green space, and a string of 10 adjacent neighborhoods on the river’s east side in Wards 7 and 8. Polluted and neglected for decades, the Anacostia River is undergoing a renaissance thanks to years of community advocacy.

We have been working locally in DC, and in particular on the Anacostia River, for many years. Last year, Clean Water joined the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative (APACC), a coalition of 17 community-based and citywide nonprofit organizations. APACC members are working to maximize positive impact in the 10 neighborhoods, the river shoreline and green space, and… catalyze and assist the transformation of the Anacostia River Corridor in the District of Columbia. The principle objective is to help create a great socially and economically beneficial civic space, on a clean river, adjacent to healthy, green, diverse, and exemplary communities. We want our organizations and the people we serve to be part of that transformation which will mostly take many years to achieve.

APACC and Clean Water are dedicated to working with community members, particularly those who have lived in Wards 7 and 8 the longest, to inform and actively participate in the work of the collaborative.

There’s still plenty of work to do on this important issue. Stay apprised by subscribing to the blog and following APACC on Twitter, @anacostiarivpk. You should also follow Clean Water Action DC on Twitter, @CleanH2oDC