Saturday, February 11, 2012

An Active Anacostia Forum Sat Feb 11, 2012 9am-11am

Is the Anacostia River ready for recreation and tourism? Is it safe to paddle, row, waterski, fish or canoe along the river? Will we ever give the Anacostia River the same reverence, care, attention and maintenance that we give to the Potomac River or even the man-made Tidal Basin?
Rowing along the Maryland side of the Anacostia River
Anacostia Watershed Community Activist Brent Bolin says, "YES" in his recent Greater Greater Washington article. I spoke briefly with Brent last year about the Anacostia River's recreational possibilities. 
Tweet about the Anacostia River to @bcbolin and check out his blog  http://brentcbolin.blogspot.com/

The neglect and abuse of the Anacostia River by Federal and local governments reflects the short-sighted view of urban development. Overlooking Anacostia demonstrates that environmental racism/classism is alive and well. Residents of ALL DC wards must pay close attention to the natural resources in their communities and demand legal action when they smell something funky. Now, these big wigs must spend millions to clean up the oil, toxins, trash traps and pollutants that they thought they could sweep under the rug or dump into the river.

In the end, who benefits? Who gets hurt? Who pays? Advocating for clean healthy waterways will impact property values, the quality of life, environmental sustainability and create income generating opportunities for communities along the river. 

Come share your thoughts at the Anacostia River Health and Recreation Forum sponsored by the Anacostia Community Boathouse Association. This is an important time to let your voice be heard as we witness a major shift in Washington DC's demographics. 
Anacostia River Health and Recreation Forum
Saturday, February 11, 2012, 9am-11am
Featuring government officials and health experts including:

·         Dr. Janet Phoenix, DC Environmental Health Collaborative
·         Dr. Sacoby Wilson, School of Public Health, University of Maryland

Welcoming Remarks by Tommy Wells, DC’s Ward 6 Council Member and a paddler!

February 11, 2012, 9am-11am
First District Metropolitan Police Station, Community Room
101 M Street, Southwest
Washington, DC 20024

Sponsored by:
Anacostia Community Boathouse Association
Anacostia Watershed Society

Contact info@anacostiaws.org with questions or visit www.anacostiaws.org.

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