Anacostia River Restoration Plan To Be Released

Army Corps of Engineers to talk about plan along the banks of the Anacostia

By Eun Yang
|  Monday, Apr 19, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM EDT
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Anacostia River Restoration Plan To Be Released

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It's Washington's "other" river -- one of the most polluted rivers in the country. The one that's often overlooked and neglected, according to some supporters.

But today, a plan will be released on how to restore the Anacostia River. The Army Corps of Engineers along with several local officials will meet on the banks of the river in Bladensburg to announce details of the plan's eight strategies and 3,000 projects.

With the rallying message, "Turn It Around," supporters want to restore and revitalize the entire Anacostia Watershed. They say restoration of the blighted waterway, which runs through some of Washington's most distressed neighborhoods, will provide economic, social and environmental benefits.

The Corps has worked on the plan for two years with officials in the District and Maryland. Among those attending today, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and members of U.S. Congress, including Donna Edwards, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Chris Van Hollen and Steny Hoyer.

The announcement will happen from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park.

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