Groundwork Anacostia River, DC

Leadership

Dennis Chestnut
Executive Director


Location

3939 Benning Rd. NE
Washington, DC 20019

(202) 650-5651

What We're Working On

Caring for the Anacostia River
Volunteers at the annual Anacostia River Cleanup on Earth Day 2015. Photo courtesy of Groundwork Anacostia River DC

Caring for the Anacostia River

The annual Anacostia River Clean Up is one of Groundwork Anacostia River-DC’s flagship events that the Trust runs as part of its mission to serve as stewards of the Anacostia River in Washington DC’s Ward 7 and reconnect residents to their neighborhoods’ environmental assets, including parks, open spaces, and the Anacostia River and its tributaries.

The annual Anacostia River Clean Up is one of Groundwork Anacostia River-DC’s flagship events that the Trust runs as part of its mission to serve as stewards of the Anacostia River in Washington DC’s Ward 7 and reconnect residents to their neighborhoods’ environmental assets, including parks, open spaces, and the Anacostia River and its tributaries.

Training Youth in Green Infrastructure/Low-Impact Development
Daffodils and sculpture in Northeast DC's Parkside Community Park. Photo © 2015, Z.Y. Chestnut, courtesy of Groundwork Anacostia River DC

Training Youth in Green Infrastructure/Low-Impact Development

In a newly built community in Northeast Washington DC, Groundwork Anacostia worked closely with Bradley Site Design on green infrastructure components of the Parkside Community Park, an urban oasis that also functions as a sustainable component of the larger watershed. Participants in Groundwork Anacostia’s Green Infrastructure/Low-Impact Development (GI/LID) Maintenance Training helped to install the parks’ pervious pavement system as part of their training.

Bandalong River Trap
Bandalong Litter Trap collects trash on the Anacostia River

Bandalong River Trap

The litter trap is supported by a partnership between Groundwork Anacostia River DC and Washington D.C.’s Department of Energy and Environment. It has been successful in capturing approximately 12 tons of trash and floatable debris before reaching the Anacostia River, leading to a healthier habitat in the surrounding Kenilworth Park and adjacent neighborhoods.