Privacy Policy

Anacostia Riverkeeper Privacy Policy

Who we areA bird's eye view of a boat tour on a quiet stretch of the Anacostia.

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When visitors leave comments on the site, we collect the data shown in the comments form and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help with spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment. 


Anacostia Riverkeeper allows submission of images as part of the Report Pollution form. When you report pollution, you can opt to include or exclude the location data (EXIF GPS) embedded in the photo. If we would like to use your photo on the website, we will obtain your permission and may include the location data. Visitors to the website could download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If Anacostia Riverkeeper were to enable comments on our site, when you leave a comment, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If Anacostia Riverkeeper were to enable guest posting, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the post. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

Anacostia Riverkeeper does not share data with any organization with the exception of the following to perform the service you requested: our email service which we use to mail our newsletter to subscribers, the payment service to process the donation you requested, spam detection service, and our event registration platform, Eventbrite.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

How long we retain your data

If Anacostia Riverkeeper were to allow comments, when you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata would be retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users who sign up for a newsletter or use our Report Pollution or Contact forms, we also store the personal information (name, email, city or postal code) provided in order to send you the newsletter, or to respond to your request or report.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.