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Urban Waters Partnership

Urban Waters and the Anacostia Watershed (Washington, DC/Maryland)

The Anacostia River watershed is home to 43 species of fish, some 200 species of birds and more than 800,000 people. The river flows through Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland and past the Capital in the District.

At 176 square miles, the watershed is one of the most urbanized in the United States. Over centuries, it lost over 70% of forestland and 6,500 acres of wetlands. Impervious surfaces now cover 25% of the watershed. Although the watershed has historically suffered from trash, toxins, sewage, runoff, oil, heavy metals and more due to adjacent agricultural, industrial and urban land uses, the Anacostia River and its watershed are steadily improving. 

The river and its surrounding parklands hold enormous potential to provide abundant open space, beauty, wildlife habitat and a variety of recreational amenities.

Many government agencies and non-profit organizations are involved in various activities to improve and plan for the future of the Anacostia River. Some agencies collaborate through a variety of partnerships including the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership, the Leadership Council for a Cleaner Anacostia, and the Urban Waters Federal Partnership.

List of Partners

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Organization/Agency Name Type of organization Organization or agency's area(s) of focus
A Cleaner Ward 7 NGO Restoration/Stewardship, Youth Programs, Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Community Services
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 7D State or local agency Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Regulation/Planning/Policy/Analysis
Alice Ferguson Foundation NGO Restoration/Stewardship, Youth Programs, Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Regulation/Planning/Policy/Analysis
Anacostia Coordinating Council NGO Restoration/Stewardship, Youth Programs, Workforce Development, Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Climate/Resilience, Equitable Development, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Transportation/Access, Community Services, Public Health, Housing
Anacostia Riverkeeper NGO Restoration/Stewardship, Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Regulation/Planning/Policy/Analysis, Climate/Resilience
Anacostia Waterfront Trust NGO Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Equitable Development
Anacostia Watershed Society NGO Restoration/Stewardship, Youth Programs, Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Regulation/Planning/Policy/Analysis, Climate/Resilience, Recreation, Community Services, Environmental Education
Clean Water Action NGO Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Regulation/Planning/Policy/Analysis, Equitable Development, Transportation/Access, Public Health, Environmental Justice, Grassroots Organizing
Clean Water Fund NGO Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement
DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice NGO Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Regulation/Planning/Policy/Analysis, Equitable Development
DC Audubon Society NGO Restoration/Stewardship, Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement
DC Water State or local agency Workforce Development, Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Regulation/Planning/Policy/Analysis, Climate/Resilience, Equitable Development, Transportation/Access, Public Health, Infrastructure
Designgreen, LLC Private Restoration/Stewardship, Workforce Development, Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Regulation/Planning/Policy/Analysis, Climate/Resilience, Design
District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment State or local agency Restoration/Stewardship, Youth Programs, Workforce Development, Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Regulation/Planning/Policy/Analysis, Climate/Resilience, Recreation, Funder
Earth Conservation Corps NGO Restoration/Stewardship, Youth Programs, Workforce Development, Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Climate/Resilience, Equitable Development, Transportation/Access, Public Health, Funder, Environmental Justice
East River Family Strengthening Collaborative, Inc. NGO Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Community Services, Family Support and Senior Services
Environmental Law Institute NGO Restoration/Stewardship, Regulation/Planning/Policy/Analysis, Climate/Resilience, Equitable Development, Transportation/Access, Community Services, Public Health, Housing
Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens NGO Restoration/Stewardship, Youth Programs, Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Recreation, Arts and Culture
Groundwork Anacostia River DC NGO Restoration/Stewardship, Youth Programs, Workforce Development, Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Climate/Resilience, Equitable Development, Recreation, Community Services, Public Health
National Park Service Federal agency Restoration/Stewardship, Youth Programs, Landholding Agency, Recreation
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) NOS Office of Response and Restoration Federal agency Restoration/Stewardship, Regulation/Planning/Policy/Analysis
Sustainable DC State or local agency Restoration/Stewardship, Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Regulation/Planning/Policy/Analysis, Climate/Resilience, Recreation, Transportation/Access, Community Services, Public Health
the Conservation Fund NGO Restoration/Stewardship, Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Regulation/Planning/Policy/Analysis, Climate/Resilience, Public Health, Funder, Infrastructure
the Nature Conservancy NGO Restoration/Stewardship, Youth Programs, Climate/Resilience
Trash Free Maryland NGO Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Regulation/Planning/Policy/Analysis
U.S. Geological Survey Federal agency Regulation/Planning/Policy/Analysis, Geospatial Data, Water Quality Monitoring
Urban & Regional Planning Program, Georgetown University University Restoration/Stewardship, Regulation/Planning/Policy/Analysis, Climate/Resilience, Equitable Development, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Transportation/Access, Housing
Washington Area Bicyclist Association NGO Youth Programs, Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Recreation, Transportation/Access, Community Services, Public Health
Wilderness Inquiry NGO Restoration/Stewardship, Youth Programs, Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Recreation, Community Services, Environmental Education
Zion Baptist Church of Eastland Gardens Church Restoration/Stewardship, Youth Programs, Workforce Development, Advocacy/Outreach/Engagement, Climate/Resilience, Equitable Development, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Transportation/Access, Community Services, Public Health, Housing

Partnership in Action Report