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Urban Waters Partnership

Accomplishments: Anacostia Watershed Urban Waters Location

2015

The East Capitol Urban Farm

The Anacostia UWFP location, the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), and the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) partnered to transform an abandoned parcel into the District’s largest-scale urban farm and aquaponics facility – the East Capitol Urban Farm. The farm promotes urban agriculture and improves nutrition through a community-centered farmers market; offers nutrition education; provides community gardening; creates opportunities for entrepreneurship; and includes a research and demonstration site for UDC. This opportunity for partners is to develop this farm as a model for temporary use of vacant lots while demonstrating on-site stormwater management and local food production.

The Ward 7 Urban Farm Factsheet has more details on the need, purpose, and programming for the East Capitol Urban Farm.

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

Referencing the US Department of Transportaion’s role as signatory to the Urban Waters Federal Partnership in the application, the National Park Service supported a winning application for the TIGER Grant to benefit the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. The project was selected from over 400 applications and will receive $10M from the DOT to complete the final portion of the DC trail. NPS played critical role in developing successful proposal. 

Anacostia River GIS-Mapping

USGS contributed $100K to develop a Web-based GIS mapping tool for the Anacostia River pilot. For the first time, over 80 existing projects were mapped, as well as over 3000 potential restoration projects identified by local community partners from roughly 20 different federal and local agencies.