[News 8/9] Swimming and fishing in the Anacostia?

The Anacostia Waterfront – Key Project Sites

“We can really make this a great asset to the community not just for boating, but hopefully one day for swimming and fishing” says Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), who yesterday accompanied Pr. George’s Co. officials on a bumpy (yep, bumpy) pontoon ride down the Anacostia (WaPo, 8/9). County Executive Jack Johnson “announced that Prince George’s will deploy the river’s first trash trap” and Cardin is pushing for $808,000 in federal earmarks for restoration projects and clean-up studies.

Things may actually be looking up for the Anacostia. In June, the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation approved some unprecedented environmental standards (.pdf) for the waterfront. AWC Board Member Roger Sant (of WG member The Summit Fund) noted that this “historic step… will contribute significantly to the goals of cleaning the Anacostia River and creating economically strong communities.” Washington Grantmakers’ Sustainable Communities Working Group has identified the Anacostia Watershed as a top priority for the upcoming program year and will look at issues related to water, land use and environmental justice in Md. and D.C.

Mayor Fenty announces a new director of D.C.’s HIV/AIDS Administration. Shannon Lee Hader will be the third director in three years. [See what the region’s grantmakers are doing to fight HIV/AIDS.]

“Alliance Seeks to Expand Dental Care to Poor Kids” (WaPo, 8/9)

[D.C.] After last week’s news that “50 percent of D.C. schools might not have all of their required textbooks when classes start Aug. 27,” today’s report that a “Majority of Students Will Have Books” sounds like fantastic news. (And that, my friends, is how you play the expectations game.) Starting next year, Rhee plans to solve the problem by doing away with centralized ordering and having each principal order books. (WaPo, 8/9) 

“The two-tiered Hospice gala illustrates a forward-thinking [philanthropic] trend… the black-tie kids’ table. (AtlantaJC, 8/9)

“Rural America Must Be Philanthropic Priority, Conference Speakers Say” (Chronicle, 8/8 – subscription)