Tour Marks Progress on Anacostia Cleanup
To celebrate progress in cleaning up the Anacostia River and coordinate the continuation of those efforts, Members of Congress, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) and other officials took a boat tour of the notoriously polluted river on Friday morning.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) organized the tour with help from the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership and the Anacostia Watershed Society. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.), chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, also took the tour. [IMGCAP(1)]
The Members celebrated the insertion of $35 million for a D.C. sewer overhaul program in this year’s Water Resources Development Act, which has passed the House but is awaiting action in the Senate. The short-term D.C. plan is designed to reduce sewer overflows into the Anacostia by 40 percent by 2008.
“Restoring this once thriving river is a critical priority, and one that I believe can serve as a national symbol of environmental preservation,” Hoyer said in a statement.
Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and related D.C. and Maryland agencies and nonprofits also attended the event.
— Daniel Heim