About Us

Anacostia Riverkeeper is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the Anacostia River for all who live, work, and play in its watershed. Established in 2008, Anacostia Riverkeeper has been a trusted name in the DC and Maryland metropolitan communities for over ten years.

By using the best available science in combination with a strong community focus, we continue our work toward one day seeing a fishable and swimmable Anacostia that’s accessible to all. We aim to create meaningful encounters with the river for all people in order to open opportunities for enjoyment of the Anacostia River.

Volunteers and staff at the MLK, Jr. Day trash clean-up.

Our Mission

The mission of Anacostia Riverkeeper is to protect and restore the Anacostia River for all who live, work, and play in its watershed, and to advocate for a clean river for all its communities. With our fellow Waterkeepers in the Chesapeake Bay Region, we protect families by stopping pollution.

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“Since 2009, Anacostia Riverkeeper staff and board have worked hard to protect and restore the health of our river for all our watershed residents. We want everyone who lives, works and plays in our watershed to be able to use the river and enjoy its beauty and its benefits.”

-Suzy Kelly, Acting President and Founding ARK Board Member