Target: President of the Anacostia Watershed Society Jim Foster
Goal: Clean up river that has been damaged by pollution in order to help the surrounding ecosystem recover.
The Anacostia River, an almost nine mile long river that goes through Maryland and into Washington D.C., is notorious for being heavily polluted. The river has been contaminated by raw sewage that enters through defunct sewer systems. In Tetra Tech’s recent 200 page report of the river, they revealed that pollution has resulted in high levels of toxic chemicals in the river’s flora and fauna. These toxicity levels have led to other animals who consume these fish becoming poisoned as well. The current state of the Anacostia River is unacceptable, and there must be a massive effort to restore it.
The Anacostia River has adopted the nickname “DC’s forgotten river” because of the neglect it has received from the surrounding community. There have been some efforts to reduce the pollution. The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority designed a plan to create a tunnel system that will absorb the sewage that has been flowing into the river.
There is still a lot more that needs to be done to save the river. A lot of the contamination is due to nearby facilities such as the Washington Navy Yard and the former Washington Gas Light Company’s coal gasification plant. Contaminants have leaked out of these facilities and gone directly in the river. The river is in terrible condition, and something must be done to help restore it and give it a safer future. Demand a massive cleanup that will save the Anacostia River and its surrounding environment.
Dear Mr. Foster,
The mission of the Anacostia Watershed Society is to “protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores, and honoring the heritage.” The recent report about the river’s high levels of pollution is a clear indicator that there is a lot of work to be done.
I applaud your efforts in recent years, as there have definitely been strides in improving the river’s water quality. However, the toxicity levels are still far too high, and it is affecting the wildlife that inhabits the surrounding environment. The new Anacostia Sediment Remediation Investigation Report is the most detailed report of the river’s quality that has ever been recorded. You can now use this report as the foundation for a widespread cleanup plan.
A future plan will definitely require contributions from multiple parties such as local politicians and the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority. Most importantly, it will call on your organization, the Anacostia Watershed Society, to lead the way. The current state of the river is atrocious, and a large cleanup plan must now ensue. We demand that you enforce an effective cleanup plan that will save the Anacostia River.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Jennifer Boyer