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Riverfront Renewal

The river and its renewal are at the heart of the Capitol Riverfront, offering impressive vistas and unique opportunities for recreation and waterfront living. Rising from the foundations of its 19th-century heritage as a shipbuilding and maritime powerhouse, the Front today is leading the way in riverfront renewal and green innovation. Here green is more than a color—it is a commitment evident in sustainable development, environmentally conscious businesses, mass transit access, walkability, and active public parks.

The Capitol Riverfront has 30+ LEED certified existing or planned buildings, the largest green roof in DC on the U.S. DOT building, the first LEED certified ballpark, a LEED Neighborhood Development project at The Yards, the largest LEED for homes project in the country at Capitol Quarter, four new parks including Canal Park designed to be a model of sustainability, and streetscape built with larger tree boxes and permeable pavers to collect storm water run-off and increase the green canopy. The parks are one of the most unique features of the Capitol Riverfront with Diamond Teague Park completed in 2009, the Yards Park on the riverfront completed in 2010 and Canal Park completed in 2012. Check out the Park Map for more information.

Unwind or recharge with nature in the Capitol Riverfront, a place for an active and healthy lifestyle. The 20-mile riverwalk trail will be a pedestrian/bicycle promenade with spectacular views of the river and the city’s skyline. With four new public parks and piers for boat docking, the Front will provide a variety of river access, open space, and recreational amenities.

Cleaning the river is a task that will take years to complete but is already underway and progress continues to be made.  While 83% of the Anacostia River's Watershed is in the state of Maryland, the District with DC Water have begun their "Clean Rivers Project" which upon completion will eliminate 98% of the pollution resulting from an inadequate combined sewer overflow (CSO) system in DC.  You can find out more about the Clean Rivers project here.

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