Click here to close now.

SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Carmen Gonzalez, Liz McMillan, Blue Box Blog, Lori MacVittie, Plutora Blog

News Feed Item

Launch of New Coalition - United for a Healthy Anacostia River

Will Educate Key Audiences About Toxics in Anacostia River

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seven leading environmental and business groups in the District announced today the formation of United for a Healthy Anacostia River, a new coalition that will work to educate key audiences about the toxics in the bottom sediments of the Anacostia River.

The Anacostia River consistently ranks as one of the most polluted and toxic rivers in the nation. Toxins found in the river have long been associated with increased risks of developmental disruption, neurobehavioral deficits and cancer. 

"The area around the Anacostia River in DC and Maryland is on its way to becoming a huge cultural, social, and economic resource for the region," said Doug Siglin, who serves as chair of the coalition and has more than three decades of experience with clean water issues regionally, nationally, and internationally. "But it cannot reach its potential as long as dangerous chemicals in the riverbed and at certain places along the bank remain unaddressed.  The members of United for a Healthy Anacostia River are joining together to be vocal champions for a comprehensive clean up effort.  The longer we wait, the longer we postpone the benefits of the Anacostia River and ignore a potential threat to the health of our community." 

United for a Healthy Anacostia River is reviewing the Anacostia River Sediment Project Remedial Investigation Work Plan released by the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) on January 30. The workplan lays out a framework to guide future clean-up of toxins from the bottom sediments of the Anacostia River.  "The coalition applauds DDOE for moving ahead with its investigation plan," said Siglin.  "This is a critical step in the process of cleaning up the river and provides a much-needed starting point for a city-wide conversation about the enormous benefits of cleaning up the Anacostia.  It is also an essential step in meeting the coalition's goal of initiating comprehensive clean-up efforts by January 2017--midway through the next mayor's term."

Over the past twenty years, nonprofit organizations and local and national units of government have been working to clean up and restore the Anacostia River's chemical and biological health. While much has been accomplished, the job won't be complete until the toxics are dealt with.

"Washington, DC is experiencing tremendous residential, business, and economic growth.  Housing development is at an all time high and DC is leading the nation in many innovative categories," said Dennis Chestnut, Executive Director of Groundwork Anacostia DC and a member of the coalition's Steering Committee. "These accomplishments are very commendable.  But, if there is not the will to restore the health of our most valuable natural resource, we will have squandered a major economic opportunity and failed the existing and future residents of our wonderful city."

A central component of the coalition's work will be a robust digital and social media campaign to educate key audiences about the state of the river and encourage them to be advocates for cleaning it up.  A centerpiece of that effort is an online petition addressed to Mayor Gray and members of the DC Council, asking them to, "make a commitment to fully cleaning up the toxic chemicals found in and around the Anacostia … [and] pledge to have the toxic cleanup underway by January 2017 – three years from now." The petition is located here: https://www.change.org/petitions/the-mayor-of-dc-and-dc-councilmembers-please-make-cleaning-up-the-toxins-in-the-anacostia-river-a-top-priority.

The coalition's digital and social media platforms include:

Members of the Coalition Steering Committee include:

United for a Healthy Anacostia River is a newly formed coalition comprised of leading environmental, business and community groups within the District of Columbia. The coalition advocates for the cleanup of all of the PCBs, PAHs and other toxic chemicals in the tidal Anacostia River, especially legacy toxics in the riverbed sediments. Through educational efforts directed at the public, the media, elected officials, and political candidates, the coalition seeks to ensure that the actual cleanup of the river bottom begins by January 2017, midway through the next DC mayor's term.  www.healthyanacostiariver.org

Contact: Kelsey Kerle-O'Brien (706-570-1860)
Robert Schwartz (202-207-3665)
[email protected]

SOURCE United for a Healthy Anacostia River

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today the DevOps Foundation Certification Course, being held June ?, 2015, in conjunction with DevOps Summit and 16th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. This sixteen (16) hour course provides an introduction to DevOps – the cultural and professional movement that stresses communication, collaboration, integration and automation in order to improve the flow of work between software developers and IT operations professionals. Improved workflows will res...
Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities. Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 16th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York June 9-11 will find fresh new content in a new track called PaaS | Containers & Microservices Containers are not being considered for the first time by the cloud community, but a current era of re-consideration has pushed them to the top of the cloud agenda. With the launch ...
A new definition of Big Data & the practical applications of the defined components & associated technical architecture models This presentation introduces a new definition of Big Data, along with the practical applications of the defined components and associated technical architecture models. In his session at Big Data Expo, Tony Shan will start with looking into the concept of Big Data and tracing back the first definition by Doug Laney, and then he will dive deep into the description of 3V...
As cloud gives an opportunity to businesses to buy services externally – how is cloud impacting your customers? In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Fabio Gori, Director of Worldwide Cloud Marketing at Cisco, provided answers to big questions: Do you see hybrid cloud as where the world is going? What benefits does it bring? And how does Cisco connect all of these clouds? He also discussed Intercloud and Cisco’s investment on it.
SYS-CON Events announced today that B2Cloud, a provider of enterprise resource planning software, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. B2cloud develops the software you need. They have the ideal tools to help you work with your clients. B2Cloud’s main solutions include AGIS – ERP, CLOHC, AGIS – Invoice, and IZUM
There is no doubt that Big Data is here and getting bigger every day. Building a Big Data infrastructure today is no easy task. There are an enormous number of choices for database engines and technologies. To make things even more challenging, requirements are getting more sophisticated, and the standard paradigm of supporting historical analytics queries is often just one facet of what is needed. As Big Data growth continues, organizations are demanding real-time access to data, allowing immed...
The world's leading Cloud event, Cloud Expo has launched Microservices Journal on the SYS-CON.com portal, featuring over 19,000 original articles, news stories, features, and blog entries. DevOps Journal is focused on this critical enterprise IT topic in the world of cloud computing. Microservices Journal offers top articles, news stories, and blog posts from the world's well-known experts and guarantees better exposure for its authors than any other publication. Follow new article posts on T...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY., and the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MangoApps provides private all-in-one social intranets allowing workers to securely collaborate from anywhere in the world and from any device. Social, mobile, and eas...
WebRTC defines no default signaling protocol, causing fragmentation between WebRTC silos. SIP and XMPP provide possibilities, but come with considerable complexity and are not designed for use in a web environment. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Matthew Hodgson, technical co-founder of the Matrix.org, discussed how Matrix is a new non-profit Open Source Project that defines both a new HTTP-based standard for VoIP & IM signaling and provides reference implementations.
The security devil is always in the details of the attack: the ones you've endured, the ones you prepare yourself to fend off, and the ones that, you fear, will catch you completely unaware and defenseless. The Internet of Things (IoT) is nothing if not an endless proliferation of details. It's the vision of a world in which continuous Internet connectivity and addressability is embedded into a growing range of human artifacts, into the natural world, and even into our smartphones, appliances, a...
There are 182 billion emails sent every day, generating a lot of data about how recipients and ISPs respond. Many marketers take a more-is-better approach to stats, preferring to have the ability to slice and dice their email lists based numerous arbitrary stats. However, fundamentally what really matters is whether or not sending an email to a particular recipient will generate value. Data Scientists can design high-level insights such as engagement prediction models and content clusters that a...
SYS-CON Events announced today the IoT Bootcamp – Jumpstart Your IoT Strategy, being held June 9–10, 2015, in conjunction with 16th Cloud Expo and Internet of @ThingsExpo at the Javits Center in New York City. This is your chance to jumpstart your IoT strategy. Combined with real-world scenarios and use cases, the IoT Bootcamp is not just based on presentations but includes hands-on demos and walkthroughs. We will introduce you to a variety of Do-It-Yourself IoT platforms including Arduino, Ras...
The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Gray, Director, Embedded and Internet of Things, discussed the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover ...
Database apps on mobile devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Bradley Holt, a Developer Advocate for IBM Cloudant, will discuss how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again), whenever an Internet connection is available. He will demonstrate techniques for replicating cloud databases with mobile devices in order to build offline-enabled mobile apps that can provide a better,...
This talk focuses on the application of DevOps fundamentals to include network infrastructure. It draws from real deployment case studies on the extension of today's paradigms to address the challenges of the network infrastructures' ability to seamlessly and cohesively integrate into agile workflows. In this session at DevOps Summit, Arista Networks will focus on configuration management using automation with a nod to future work necessary to include telemetry and ephemeral state information....