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"As the nation’s capital, Washington, DC must be prepared to withstand any natural or man-made challenges that threaten our communities..." - Mayor Muriel Bowser
When the AWI was launched in 2000, the impacts of climate change on the District were just beginning to be understood. More recently, updated climate science and data has made it clearer that the District of Columbia is vulnerable to a range of climate change impacts that threaten the well-being of District residents, workers and visitors; existing and newer neighborhood development, including along the Anacostia waterfront; and natural and infrastructure systems that support a well-functioning community. As a result of this growing awareness, the District government has been collaborating with community, federal, non-profit, and private stakeholders to plan for a more resilient Washington, DC and implement climate-adaptive solutions for public and private projects. The District’s leadership and commitment in these efforts, along with its partners, will support a world-class and resilient Anacostia waterfront where hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private investments can be better protected from climate threats and continue to serve District residents into the future.
Resurgence of the Anacostia Waterfront