Below is information posted by Lydia DePillis from the City Paper. Information about the Anacostia River Plan: “A New Day for the Anacostia”- “A National Model for Urban Revitalization” by DC Appleseed 2011.
D.C. Appleseed is out with a whopper of a document on the current conditions, remediation efforts, and recommendations for next steps on cleaning up the Anacostia River. Their main conclusions:
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should create a high-level department to coordinate federal, state and local cleanup efforts.
- Local jurisdictions should create common stormwater management regulations across the entire watershed, which would require retrofitting roads and parking lots with permeable paving.
- Private developers should be incentivized through federal tax breaks worth some $30 million per year to incorporate green infrastructure, as well as density bonuses for better-than-required stormwater retention.
- The feds should match local dollars for river cleanup on a 2:1 basis, amounting to $35-40 million in grants yearly.
- The EPA should use Superfund dollars to carry out an expedited remedial investigation/feasibility study–rather than use the “polluter pays” approach–in order to create an integrated cleanup plan
To read the Anacostia Clean Up & Revitalization Plans posted by the City Paper click here.