Funding Available for Stormwater Projects and "Year of the Anacostia" Projects

Funding Available for Stormwater Projects and "Year of the Anacostia" Projects

DOEE's Community Stormwater Colutions Grant program provides start-up funding for community-oriented projects that improve the District’s waterways. Ideal projects should raise awareness and lead to behavior change around the impacts of stormwater runoff on the District’s water bodies. 

A special focus of this year’s grants are projects that support the “Year of the Anacostia”, which commemorates the 100 year anniversary of Anacostia Park and the many events and milestones that will be celebrated along the river in 2018.

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Event: Climate Changes Health - Extreme Weather, Vulnerable Populations and the Many Benefits of Taking Action

Event: Climate Changes Health - Extreme Weather, Vulnerable Populations and the Many Benefits of Taking Action

Join the American Public Health Association for a workshop and refreshments next Thursday, December 7, 2017, 3:00p.m. - 4:30p.m. EST as Dr. Natasha DeJarnett teams up with theatrical performance activist, Peterson Toscano to present a climate change exposé.

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Get Updated on the Anacostia at the next Anacostia Coordinating Council Meeting - Nov 28

Get Updated on the Anacostia at the next Anacostia Coordinating Council Meeting - Nov 28

The Anacostia Coordinating Council, a leading member of APACC, is an civic organizing group that has brought together neighbors in Anacostia for over 30 years. The next ACC meeting will be focused on the topic of the Anacostia River, featuring updates on the Centennial of Anacostia Park with Tara Morrison, Superintendent of Anacostia Park, and updates on the Anacostia River Sediment Project with Gretchen Mikeska, Anacostia Coordinator with the Department of Energy and Environment. 

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Jazz Night at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

Jazz Night at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

Enjoy the sounds of nature and jazz at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens Fall Jazz Night on October 21, 2017 from 4 p.m to 6 p.m.Join the National Park Service, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative for a free family fun evening of sweet melodies while you picnic in the park and enjoy the sounds of performing artist JaneliaSoul.

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PARKing Day 2017!

PARKing Day 2017!

September 15, 2017 was a bright and sunny day – a great day to celebrate PARKing Day! PARKing Day is an annual worldwide event that transforms parking spaces into mini-parks or public spaces for one day.The Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative was invited to participate in Parking Day this year in the District of Columbia, alongside the DC Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry division and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.

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Norton in Your Neighborhood: A Conversation with Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton

The Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC), a member of APACC, is hosting its September meeting tomorrow, Tuesday September 26, from 11:45-2:00pm. This meeting will feature a conversation with DC's elected delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and will take place at the Anacostia Community Museum at 1901 Fort Place SE. This conversation may be of great interest to community groups and residents of Wards 7 and 8. 

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Policy memo: Proposed Amendments to the District Elements of the Comprehensive Plan

Policy memo: Proposed Amendments to the District Elements of the Comprehensive Plan

APACC submitted a joint response to the DC Office of Planning’s call for amendments to the Comprehensive Plan in the spring of 2017. We did this because our collaborative represents organizations that span a variety of missions and interests but that overlap on a central shared goal to achieve a healthy Anacostia River with exemplary parks and thriving communities along its shores, particularly east of the river.

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Connecting for a Cleaner Anacostia River - June 21 Stakeholder Meeting Summary

Connecting for a Cleaner Anacostia River - June 21 Stakeholder Meeting Summary

Over 80 people gathered in the basement of Thurgood Marshall Academy in Anacostia last month for an event titled “Connecting for a Cleaner Anacostia River.” The first of several planned public events, this meeting on June 21 featured presentations by Tommy Wells of the Department of Energy & Environment, Tara Morrison of the National Park Service and consultants working on behalf of both agencies. The presentations updated the audience about the latest progress on the “Anacostia River Sediment Project” (ARSP) - the plan to clean up contamination at the bottom of the Anacostia River.

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Community Forum: Documenting the Anacostia River

Community Forum: Documenting the Anacostia River

Saturday, July 15 | 11am – 1pm

Join the Anacostia Community Museum to explore the various ways in which DC residents have documented the Anacostia River and its communities and what impact such documentation can have on the health of the river and the neighborhoods along its banks. Discussion will include how the various visions and experiences of individuals can help to create a multi-layered sense of place that is honored by all, the multitude of ways in which documentation can take place, the power created by such efforts, and the importance of youth participation in the placement of their river and communities in the historical record. 

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Building Prosperity in East of the River through Community Solar

Building Prosperity in East of the River through Community Solar

By nearly every metric, the educational, income, housing, and environmental progress that have redefined Washington stops at the banks of the Anacostia River. With several million square feet of new residential and commercial construction is scheduled to come to Wards 7 and 8 over the next five years, the District currently has a unique window of opportunity to address the housing and energy cost challenges East of the River.

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DC Neighborhood Profiles - Learn more about your local commercial corridors

DC Neighborhood Profiles - Learn more about your local commercial corridors

The Washington DC Economic Partnership releases annual reports about 54 of DC's neighborhoods, focusing on commercial corridors. If you are interested in knowing more about the local business scene in your neighborhood or even starting your own local business, the latest reports are a fantastic place to start.

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Botany and Bicycles

Botany and Bicycles

What happened to the efforts to get a silkworm industry started in DC? Why do we have lotuses in DC? Learn about where history and botany meet on the third of a series of guided history tours with the Washington Area Bicycle Association's DC Trail Rangers and the National Park Service.

What: Bloom, Botany and Bikes
When: July 17th, 10am - 1pm
Where: Starting from Benning Rd NE and Anacostia Dr NE

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Early Recap: Connecting for a Cleaner Anacostia River, June 21, 2017

Early Recap: Connecting for a Cleaner Anacostia River, June 21, 2017

Several APACC members participated in a community planning team alongside the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) and the National Park Service (NPS) to host a meeting for stakeholders to talk about cleaning up the sediment in the Anacostia River. Over 85 people attended the first of what will be several meetings over coming months to talk about pollution in the river bottom and what can be done about it. We will post a more detailed summary of the meeting here soon, but for now you can relive the meeting by viewing this "Storify," a summary of Twitter activity during the event!

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