The Anacostia River was engineered into a channeled city river from a meandering river with extensive wetlands, and remains channeled below Benning Road. Nature wants to take back the river, however and strips of willow, hibiscus, and other wetland plants thrive along the sea wall, providing shelter for a variety of birds Meadows at the edges of playing fields provide more habitat for ground nesting birds, rabbits, and fox.
The park staff established or improved marshes and riparian buffers where possible to improve water quality of the Anacostia River, and meet the Department of Interior agreement to the Chesapeake Bay Recovery Program. A testament to the success of this program is the way wildlife is returning to the area, and native plants are spreading and establishing themselves to further recovery efforts.
Did You Know?
Washington DC is is the middle of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Trash and balloons from the neighborhood or park go from the streets to the Bay and oceans where it may kill marine life. Do your part to keep litter in its place. More...