District of Columbia Campaigns

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Coordinating the Urban Waters Federal Partnership

Clean Water Action is coordinating a partnership of Federal agencies, local government and community leaders to restore the Anacostia watershed.

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Kenilworth Park

From 1942 -1970's Kenilworth Park was a landfill where the District burned trash. Open burning was finally halted in 1968 after 7-year-old Kelvin Mock died at Kenilworth Park. In 1970 it was closed and covered with a soil “cap” and turned into a park, however there are still some dangerous chemicals from the landfill down in the soil today. Planning is underway to remediate the site along with the southern half of Kenilworth Park. Kenilworth Park North is legislated to be transferred to the District of Columbia, while Kenilworth Park South will remain under the management of the National Park Service.

A Park on the Anacostia River - Brent Bolin/Clean Water Action

Building Equity and Community Capacity

Clean Water works with community leaders to address underrepresentation and underinvestment in predominantly working-class African-American neighborhoods in the Anacostia Watershed.

Flooding along the Anacostia in DC - a partially submerged park bench. Photo credit: JuneJ / Shutterstock

A Toxic Free Anacostia

While flowing through the heart of our nation's capitol, the Anacostia is overburdened and choked with toxic chemicals from dumping and pollution.