Splash: How did we get here?

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Anacostia Riverkeeper

On June 29th, 2024 Anacostia Riverkeeper will be hosting Splash — the first permitted swim in the Anacostia River in over 50 years. At Splash, residents will have a rare chance to swim safely in and reconnect with their river.

This event is possible because Anacostia Riverkeeper, alongside many community and government partners, have made tremendous improvements to water quality in the river. With these infrastructure improvements, we expect bacteria levels to continue to improve and pass recreation water quality standards, allowing for more swim events like Splash to occur.

With this momentous event approaching, we want to take a look back at all the milestones that helped us get here. Scroll through the timeline below and click on each event to learn how far the Anacostia has come towards being a swimmable river for all. Interested in joining us? Learn more about Splash here.