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A New Day for the Anacostia River

(Posted by Jeanne McCann.)

What are you doing Monday, May 2, 2011? How about joining a mass of D.C. dignitaries for the release of D.C. Appleseed’s latest report, A New Day for the Anacostia: A National Model for Urban River Revitalization?

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III
D.C. Water General Manager George Hawkins
Adam Ortiz, Mayor of Edmonston, Md.

The report (embargoed until May 2) lays out a practical strategy for the federal government, in partnership with local governments in the Anacostia watershed, to lead an unprecedented effort to clean up one of the country’s most polluted rivers and turn it into a centerpiece for recreation and economic development throughout DC and Maryland.

Congress has already started the process by authorizing the development of a blueprint plan for restoring the Anacostia River. The federal government can now work equitably with local governments, business, and residents to clean up the river, making it a model of our nation’s commitment to a cleaner environment and greener future.

WHEN: Monday, May 2, 2011
Registration and light breakfast from 9:30-10 a.m.
Presentation and remarks from 10-11 a.m.

WHERE: The Overlook at the Yards Park
10 Water Street S.E., Washington, D.C.
The entrances to the Yards Park are located at 3rd and 4th Streets, S.E. and at Water Street, S.E., which is two blocks south of M Street, S.E.
Click for Directions and Map

RSVP: Please RSVP by Friday, April 29th to Terra Green at 202-289-8007 x10 or

DC Appleseed
is a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving important public policy problems facing the Washington, DC metropolitan area. To advance this mission, DC Appleseed organizes volunteers, including attorneys and other experts, who work in teams to analyze and develop solutions to problems facing the region.

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