Anacostia Watershed Restoration

The Anacostia River watershed extends through suburban Maryland and the District of Columbia and is one of the most densely populated urban watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Investments in major restoration efforts over decades are paying off and enhancing water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and opportunities for recreation, leisure, and adventure.

These efforts have advanced, in part, thanks to the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership (AWRP). The Partnership, led by COG, is a consortium of local, state, and federal agencies, environmental organizations, and private citizens working toward a cleaner, healthier watershed.

Year of the Anacostia, #ComeToTheRiver

2018 is the Year of the Anacostia – an invitation to honor history, celebrate progress, and enjoy the Anacostia River and watershed. To learn about upcoming events and how you can participate in the festivities, such as the upcoming Anacostia River Festival on April 15 at Anacostia Park, visit www.yearoftheanacostia.com.

COG is collaborating with its members and partners in the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership on a new initiative, #ComeToTheRiver. The initiative focuses on getting area residents to experience the nature near their neighborhoods and enjoy the many opportunities the Anacostia offers them. By connecting with the watershed, residents will see the progress gained from restoration efforts and investments. 

#ComeToTheRiver has a video and icons that organizations can use to raise awareness about the river, parks, and tributaries in the Anacostia Watershed. Both products were developed by the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment and the Partnership. If you are interested in using the icons or video, please contact Lisa Ragain

COG Programs in the Anacostia Watershed 

The Anacostia Watershed restoration began in the mid-1980's and is a multi-jurisdictional effort. The Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership was formalized in 2006. The 2010 Anacostia Watershed Restoration Plan and compliance requirements greatly accelerated the restoration effort.

COG’s Anacostia Restoration Program facilitates, coordinates, and provides technical services for the AWRP. Visit the Partnership’s website to learn more and track the restoration progress: www.anacostia.net.

News & Multimedia

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    Get 'Back to the Bay' during Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week

    June 5, 2017

    Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania have designated June 3-11 as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week to recognize the efforts of the many partners working to improve...

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    Heart of COG: Aubin Maynard

    June 3, 2015

    By day, you will find COG Environmental Planner Aubin Maynard wading in a local stream performing water quality analysis or a fish survey. In the evenings, he...

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    Fish monitoring in the Anacostia with John Kelly

    April 24, 2014

    Washington Post Metro columnist joined COG staff members to monitor fish in the Anacostia River for a column and short video.

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    Into the Weeds (and Water) of the Anacostia Watershed Restoration

    September 17, 2013

    The Anacostia Watershed has suffered hundreds of years of environmental neglect and lost forest and wetland habitat due to agriculture and development. The...

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    Officials Release Landmark Anacostia Watershed Plan

    April 19, 2010

    Thousands of projects identified to restore river’s economic, recreational potential.

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