Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New Community Organizations Join Support for the Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Initiative

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Support for the Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Act of 2009 continues to grow with several new organizations voicing their support to restore the Anacostia River in recent weeks.

Ward 7’s Hillcrest Community Civic Association unanimously voted to support the effort. Karen Lee Williams, president of the association stated, “This legislation would go a long way to cleaning up the Anacostia River and reducing litter on our streets. The Anacostia River is an intrinsic part of our community in Hillcrest, but more than that, ensuring we create a healthy Anacostia River is a key factor to maintaining the health of our entire eco-system. We who live East of the River have for too long paid the price of not taking actions to improve the health of the river, provide a better environment, increase opportunities, and restore a river long neglected.”

Also joining the coalition in support is Bread for the City, one of the District’s largest food pantries serving nearly 5,000 low-income households each month, River East Emerging Leaders (r.e.e.l.), DC for Democracy and the Center for a New American Dream.

Below is a list of organizations and entities supporting the Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Act of 2009 to date:

11th Hour Action, DC Group

Hillcrest Community Civic Association


Eastern Power Boat Club

Alice Ferguson Foundation

Friends of the Earth

Anacostia Riverkeeper

Friends of Rock Creek’s Environment

Anacostia Watershed Society

Greater Greater Washington

And Now, Anacostia

Groundwork Anacostia River DC

Audubon Naturalist Society

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Bread for the City

Natural Resources Defense Council

Clean Water Action

River East Emerging Leader (r.e.e.l.)

Congress Heights on the Rise

River East Idealist

DC for Democracy

Seafarers Yacht Club

DC Youth Environmental Alliance

Sierra Club, DC Chapter


Surfrider Foundation, DC Chapter

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