Celebrating milestones towards
a swimmable Anacostia River!
In 1971, swimming or wading in the Anacostia River and other District waters was made illegal due to safety concerns about water quality. Since then, through the work of Anacostia Riverkeeper and other local advocacy groups, water quality has dramatically improved. Our DC Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring Program has tracked this progress and found low bacteria levels at key recreational sites on the Anacostia.
In 2018, the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) implemented an amendment to the swim ban to allow permitted swim events in District waters Anacostia. We are utilizing this process to host the inaugural Splash!
Splash gives DC area residents the chance to swim and reconnect with the Anacostia River – and make history at the first permitted swim in the Anacostia River in over 50 years.
Join us in June 2024 to make a splash towards a swimmable Anacostia! Splash will provide a rare chance for residents to swim in and reconnect with the river. Contingent on water quality results the week prior, participants will be able to swim briefly in the river off the Kingman Island Dock next to the Benning Road Bridge during a designated time slot.
Swimming is still illegal in District waters and you may only swim during a sanctioned Special Swim Event like this one with a permit from DC Department of Energy and the Environment. We do not encourage swimming in the river outside of these events.
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