"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Capitol Riverfront

Location: Washington, DC area

Website: www.capitolriverfront.org

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.

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.

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