2018: Year of the Anacostia
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2018 is a big year for the Anacostia River in Washington, DC and Maryland. This momentous year comes at the 15-year anniversary of the AWI Plan. 
The open space along the slow and gentle river was preserved as park land through an act of Congress on August 31, 1918 — 100 years ago. This year not only marks the centennial celebration of the legislation that preserved Anacostia Park but also the completion of DC Water’s Anacostia River Tunnel, which will substantially improve water quality. Meanwhile, the DC Department of Energy and Environment and the National Park Service will make the final decision on the most effective way to clean up the riverbed, and fans will celebrate the 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game along the banks of the Anacostia.

These are just some of the milestones, anniversaries, projects, and events that together make 2018 a significant year. Known as the Year of the Anacostia, 2018 is a monumental opportunity to acknowledge history and look to the future: to continue to transform the Anacostia waterfront into a vibrant, healthy, and thriving civic space in the heart of the District. The Anacostia corridor, once a dividing line in the nation’s capital, will serve as a touchstone for ecological restoration, equitable economic growth, and a celebration of community strength and unity.
Resurgence of the Anacostia Waterfront