Last month the United State Geological Survey (USGS) published an analysis that highlighted a successful remediation project in D.C. in the Chesapeake Bay drainage system. This remediation effort not only restored a degraded stream, but solved sewage problems, provided green space, and created jobs. This is a perfect example of the “Power of Partnerships” around the nation and how restoration work can help create healthy ecosystems while supporting the local infrastructure and economy.
This remediation project was located in the Watts Branch of the Anacostia River that had been severely eroded. It is considered one of the most “urbanized watershed in the Chesapeake Bay’s drainage basin.” The project focused on restoring a stream channel to increase fish habitat and prevent sediment from being deposited throughout the watershed.
During this project, old sewer lines were replaced and relocated to prevent sewage leaks. This whole project supported provided $1.1 million in labor income and increased the value of the local underserved community by $1.9 million.
The project area was identified as a priority site by the America Great Outdoors Initiative (AGO). Many more areas were identified around the nation by the AGO, such as the Pacific Northwest Trail and Lower Columbia Water Trail in Washington State.
A fellow nonprofit, Washington Parks and People, worked on the site’s master plan for revitalization. They also work to revive D.C. communities through greening initiatives. Great job guys!