Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Come Clean on the Clean Up!

Who's really behind cleaning up the Anacostia River? Are we getting action or just the same old lip service? The DC Environmental Network (DCEN) will unveil the major players and the clean up game at their brown bag luncheon this Wednesday, February 23, 2011 from 12-1:30pm.

Photograph of Heron eating dead fish on Anacostia. By Skip Brown, National Geographic

The DCEN leads the pack by holding our environmental leaders accountable and calling previous Anacostia clean up efforts "sporadic, at best". DCEN sort of points to Anacostia's current economic class as a major factor in the slow clean up process.

"Two- thirds of the brown bullhead catfish, a popular catch for local fisherman, have cancerous lesions and sores. Three of these sites are in census tracts where residents have household incomes of less than $40,000. These economically disadvantaged communities are bearing the brunt of contaminants in the watershed."

This event is proof that we must watch every penny spent and listen to every word spoken on the river. I will be in attendance along with fellow twitter-activist, @bcbolin, Brent Bolin, Director of Advocacy for the Anacostia Watershed Society. We expect a fruitful and collaborative discussion on how to keep Anacostia's citizens abreast of the cleanup initiatives.

DCEN Anacostia Clean Up Brown Bag Luncheon
Register for Free Here
DATE: Wednesday, February 23, 2011
TIME: 12:00 NOON to 1:30 PM
PLACE: Global Green USA (offices of Friends of the Earth), 1100 15th Street NW, 11th Floor. Near Farragut North & McPherson Square Metro Stations
CALL-IN NUMBER: 775-269-3893 When prompted enter 399602
For more information contact Chris Weiss at 202-518-8782.

CALL-IN NUMBER: 775-269-3893 When prompted enter 399602

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