Anacostia Watershed


Testimony by Walter Smith on the Clean up of the Anacostia River

TESTIMONY OF WALTER SMITH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DC APPLESEED CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT  John A. Wilson Building Room 412 – April 28, 2017 Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Oversight Hearing on the Department of Energy and Environment Good morning Chair Cheh […]

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What the Anacostia River Can Become

What if people could swim and fish in the Anacostia River? What if the River were an economic engine of the District, creating benefits for people who live in the nearby neighborhoods? What if the River became a recreational destination for people all over the region? Your tax-deductible year-end gift […]


Elevation D.C. Interview with Walter Smith

Name a problem in the District—one for which a lawyer’s prowess would be particularly helpful—and DC Appleseed is probably on it.   The local nonprofit has been deploying pro-bono lawyers to chip away at the city’s peskiest problems for nearly 20 years.   The organization “tries to be responsive to […]


A Critical Step Toward a Swimmable, Fishable Anacostia

In testimony to the D.C. Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment, DC Appleseed project director Brooke DeRenzis explains the importance of toxics clean-up to achieving the District’s goal of a swimmable, fishable Anacostia River.  Her testimony describes how toxic compounds from industrial activities, stormwater pollution, and sewers have accumulated […]


Toward a New Day for the Anacostia River

The District is making progress on tackling two of the Anacostia River’s biggest pollution problems—legacy toxins and stormwater runoff. District Department of Environment (DDOE) Acting Director Keith Anderson underscored the importance of these initiatives at the agency’s oversight hearing before the D.C. Council on February 25. Over the past century, […]


Washington Post Editorial Highlight’s DC Appleseed’s Call for More Jobs for D.C. Residents.

District Officials should know by now that simply mandating that city residents be hired for new jobs doesn’t work. Its First Source law requiring city-resident labor for taxpayer-funded projects has been largely ineffective, serving the needs neither of employers nor of those in search of work. It’s not likely that […]