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For a Cleaner Anacostia River - The Anacostia River Sediment Project
Remedial Investigation Work Plan
Decades of industrial and urban activities throughout the Anacostia River’s watershed have increasingly degraded the river and caused the substantial loss of tidal fringe wetlands and marshes. Because of these impacts, the river can no longer filter substances and as a result has become a sink for various contaminants. Elevated concentrations of hazardous substances, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), lead, other trace elements, and pesticides are all present in sediment throughout the river, posing a risk to aquatic organisms and to humans.
To complement and supplement previous and existing restoration efforts, DDOE is conducting a remedial investigation and feasibility study (RI/FS) of the Anacostia River sediments. The comprehensive and never-done-before remedial investigation is currently underway. Its purpose is to assess the nature and extent of pollution in the river by sampling river sediment and fish for a wide variety of chemicals. As part of the RI, studies will also integrate sampling and data collection to support a study for the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) of the river. The RI work plan is posted below, as well as responses to public comments on the plan. After the RI is complete, the FS will develop and evaluate potential remedial actions designed to eliminate unacceptable risk to human health and the environment.
As announced at a recent mayoral kick-off event for the project, DDOE is currently sampling different areas of the river as part of its remedial investigation. In the table below, you can see river sampling status and progress updates. DDOE will attempt to update the table on a bi-weekly basis.
|Progress as of 8/20/2014|
|July 7, 2014||Complete||100%|
|July 7, 2014||Complete||100%|
Sediment Pore Water
|August 15, 2014||In Progress||N/A|
|Surface Water Sampling||August 15, 2014||In Progress||N/A|
|Deep Sediment Sampling||October 1, 2014||Starts in October||N/A|
|Fish Tissue Sampling||October 1, 2014||Starts in October||N/A|
The expected completion date for all sampling, almost 500 samples in total, is winter 2014. See previous updates and approximate sampling point locations.
Community Involvement Plan
DDOE has also prepared a Community Involvement Plan (CIP) that serves as a planning tool to promote mutual communication between the public, stakeholders, and parties potentially responsible for the pollution, throughout the investigative phase and, any remedial cleanup phase. DDOE is fully committed to involving the public in every phase of the investigation and cleanup efforts in a substantial and significant manner to meet established goals. The Community Involved Plan is posted below, as well as responses to public comments on the plan.
If you have any questions or comments on the Anacostia River sediment project, please contact Dev Murali, Remedial Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administrative Record File
The administrative record file provides public access to Anacostia River Sediment Project documents. The link below contains:
- Public comments and documents that demonstrate the public’s opportunity to participate in and comment on the ultimate selection of a remedy for the river and
- Documents that may be considered in ultimately selecting a remedy for the river.
To utilize the administrative record file, please open the index file within the link below, which provides a list of all documents and their respective locations within folders and subfolders.
The DDOE is providing hard copies of the Work Plan and the Community Involvement Plan at three repository sites:
- DDOE offices located at 1200 First Street, N.E., 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002
- Rosedale Neighborhood Library, 1701 Gales Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20002
- Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, 3660 Alabama Avenue, Washington, DC 20020