Federal, Local Funding Announced for Flood Protection, Affordable Housing on Buzzard Point

By Southwester Staff In August, two separate investments in Southwest’s rapidly developing Buzzard Point were announced by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, including new funding for flood protection and affordable housing.  On August 10, Bowser announced $20 million in new funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to strengthen resilience to climate change amid rising […]

Waterfront Academy Honored as Green Transportation Leader

By Kate Oczypok Waterfront Academy was recently awarded the status of goDCgo Platinum Level School Ambassador. An initiative of the District Department of Transportation, goDCgo encourages the use of sustainable transportation and recognizes local organizations for their efforts as transportation leaders. Businesses who offer transportation benefits and creative program incentives are recognized for making DC […]

Juried Exhibition Features 33 DC Artists Exploring Environmental Injustice

By Southwester Staff The first juried art exhibition initiated by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is now on view at the organization’s public gallery at 200 I Street SE, as well as online in an immersive virtual exhibition.  The exhibit, titled Fragile Beauty, includes works from 33 DC artists spanning a range […]

Volunteers Step Up to Keep Anacostia Waterways Clean

By Southwester Staff The Anacostia Riverkeeper’s Clean Waterways program works to bring communities together and advance the goals of clean water and a swimmable, fishable Anacostia River. This spring, new efforts to keep the watershed free of trash and debris kicked off across Southwest DC.  Anacostia Riverkeeper and the Mandarin Oriental hotel kicked off cherry […]

District Water Quality Report Gives Southwest Waterways Passing Score 

By Beth Hall  Since 2018, over 300 volunteers collected more than 1500 water quality samples from Washington, DC rivers and tributaries used for recreation.  Through this data collection, the DC Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring program determined that, as in most urban watersheds, the presence of rainfall contributes to higher bacteria levels in DC surface […]

Southwest Organizations Urge Action on Climate Change

By Asia Thomas and Wilma Goldstein                                                On Monday, December 6, 2021 three Southwest organizations came together virtually to co-host an event designed to move people toward action on climate change. Members of Waterfront Village, our local aging-in-place organization, and the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly’s Aging in Style Task Force, along with a delegation of students from […]

Anacostia Watershed Society Announces New President

By Southwester Staff The Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) has tapped an international conservation leader as their new President and CEO, appointing Christopher E. Williams after an extensive national search. Williams most recently served as the Senior Vice President for Conservation at American Rivers. He previously held senior leadership roles at World Wildlife Fund and began […]