The Anacostia Watershed Society is celebrating 2014 as its 25th anniversary year.
The Maryland/Washington D.C-focused nonprofit has worked to clean up the Anacostia River, making it more fishable and swimmable, with a goal of victory by 2025, said the Society’s president, Jim Foster.
“In 25 years, we’ve made some great progress,” he said. “We’ve really raised awareness about the river, we’ve really brought people together. I think we’re on a trajectory to be cleaned up by 2025.”
Foster said nearly one million people live within the Anacostia watershed, which flows from Prince George’s County to Washington, D.C., and has seen the damaging effects of pollution.
AWS hopes to redefine the way area residents think about the river, he said.
“I want people to think of this as a destination,” Foster said. “It’s a beautiful area.”
This year, the nonprofit also hopes to focus on the contaminated sediment on the river’s bottom, he said.
Foster said area residents can do their part by taking personal responsibility for their pollution, cleaning up after themselves and their pets and properly disposing of trash.
“If we all do just a little bit, we’ll get a lot done,” he said. “Water is so incredibly precious, so we need to respect that and find sustainable solutions.”