*Monitoring will resume in May 2019*
In 2018 Anacostia Riverkeeper implemented a new bacterial water quality monitoring program along all 8 miles of the Anacostia River in Maryland and DC, monitoring 8 sites stretching from Bladensburg to Haines Point. Over the course of the year, our monitoring program grew thanks to a partnership with Maryland SeaGrant and Gallaudet, as well as a retail store grant from Patagonia. Starting in 2019—thanks to a grant from the District Department of Energy and Environment—we will start monitoring 22 sites across all DC waters including the Anacostia, Rock Creek and the Potomac. Anacostia Riverkeeper has partnered with a coalition of organizations around the DC area: Audubon Naturalist Society, Rock Creek Conservancy, Potomac Riverkeeper Network, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and YOU to help carry out this program. It’s our collective goal to provide up-to-date water quality data for all DC waters in order to ensure safe, clean, and fun recreation for all of DC’s residents and visitors.