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    Park District of Columbia

Environmental Factors

kinsman marsh

New wetlands like this will absorb some of the yearly floods of the Anacostia River.

Ron Dean

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?

brown cattails against a clear blue fall sky

Cattails may be among the most useful plants in North America. Almost all parts of the plant were eaten providing year round food. The brown fuzzy part has shown antibacterial properties. The leaves can be made into many household goods including shingles for the house. More...