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Dennis Chestnut teaches his grandson, Horus Plaza, how to test the water quality of the Watts Branch of the Anacostia River in Marvin Gaye Park in Washington, D.C. in May 2021.
(Jared Soares for Earthjustice)
Article: Victory August 9, 2021

An Infamously Dirty River Is Coming Back to Life Thanks to Community Activism

Due to sustained community pressure and Earthjustice litigation, D.C.’s Anacostia River is finally recovering from decades of pollution.

Trash collects in a tributary of the Anacostia River outside of Washington, D.C.
(Chesapeake Bay Program / Flickr)
Press Release: Victory August 13, 2019

E. Coli Limits For Major D.C. Rivers Illegal, Court Rules

EPA’s pollution limits for Anacostia, Potomac and Rock Creek are too high

Article April 24, 2013

Friday Finds: Seafood S.O.S.

Seafood lovers hooked on $1 oyster nights may soon have to find a new source of comfort for the work week blues. Thanks to an increase of carbon in both the atmosphere and our water bodies (which absorb about a third of all carbon emissions), carbon munching critters like crabs, lobsters and shrimp are getting…

Article December 17, 2012

Washington Post Highlights Toxic Fish in Anacostia River

We have spent more than 15 years championing the need for cleaning up the Anacostia River (as well as the Potomac River and Rock Creek). And what better reason than the fact that several District and Prince George County residents depend on the river for sustenance. This disturbing (you’ll know why in a moment) Washington…

Press Release May 21, 2012

Revised EPA Storm Water Permit Will Ensure District Will Meet Clean Water Goals

Requires pollution reduction for Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and Rock Creek

Press Release November 10, 2011

Clean Water Advocates Challenge EPA on Inadequate Clean Water Permit

Permit fails to ensure District rivers will meet water quality goals

Press Release October 5, 2011

EPA Releases Inadequate Pollution Permit for Washington, D.C. Rivers

Weak permit will leave Anacostia and Potomac Rivers polluted for decades

Press Release: Victory July 26, 2011

Court Gives D.C., Maryland One Year to Develop New Anacostia Pollution Limits

Limits on sediment fail to assure clear water, judge rules

document March 24, 2008

Blue Plains Operating Permit Denial

Washington DC's biggest pollution point source must have a permit that follows the law and protects water quality standards

Press Release: Victory January 16, 2007

Supreme Court Denies Petition Seeking Weaker Pollution Limits for Anacostia River

One of the nation’s most polluted rivers will finally see cleaner waters

document October 19, 2006

EPA Brief in DC TMDL 2005 Appeal

EPA Brief in DC TMDL 2005 Appeal

document June 30, 2006

DOJ Memo to EPA 03/1/2006

document June 30, 2006

Supplimental Brief on Mootness

document June 30, 2006

Anacostia Discharge Permit