Paddle the Anacostia River & Stand Up For Clean Water!

All water is connected — the fresh to the salty and the salty to the fresh — and this weekend it’s time to celebrate steps that have been taken to keep it all healthy as we hit the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act.

How to celebrate?

If you’re in the DC area come paddle the Anacostia, America’s “Forgotten River,” this Saturday, September 29th, with non-profit Below the Surface in partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of the Interior, and the US Geological Survey.


Photo: By Shannon Switzer ( as part of Nat Geo Young Explorer Grant Source to Sea Project


In addition to celebrating the Clean Water Act, the paddle will also serve as the official East Coast launch of Below the Surface’s Riverview Project and its mobile app, which is designed to engage individuals as explorers and citizen scientists by giving them a program to instantly upload geo-tagged photos of the rivers they love as they recreate on them. These crowd-sourced photos will also provide policymakers a clear and robust map with photos and reference areas of high recreational use along America’s rivers. This project is a crowd-sourced version of Google’s Streetview. It is being powered by a mobile app that photographs, geocodes, provides user-generated comments, and shares pictures on the master Riverview map at and on each user’s Facebook wall.



September 29th 2012, 9 am – 1 pm


The main branch of the Anacostia River. The paddle will commence just north of Bladensburg, MD at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park. The paddle will conclude at the Anacostia River Park, just upstream from the confluence of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers.


Meet at 9 am, Shove off by 10 am

Bladensburg Waterfront Park

4601 Annapolis Road Bladensburg, MD (301) 779-0371

End at approximately 12 pm


Anacostia Park

1900 Anacostia Drive Southeast Washington, DC 20020 (202) 698-2250

Please plan to arrange for your own transportation from the Anacostia River Park back to the Bladensburg Waterfront Park after the paddle!


The team will use stand-up paddle boards to paddle the main branch of the Anacostia River and establish an East Coast base of images for the Riverview Project. Other organizations and individuals are invited to join the STAND UP FOR CLEAN WATER paddle on any vessel that will carry them over the 8-mile paddle. All paddlers are responsible for their own food, water, equipment and transportation.

*Please contact Jared Criscuolo at: and see the Facebook Invite for more information and updates!


Hope to see you there!

NOTE: If you want to join, bring your vessel of choice; unfortunately we don’t have any for rent and won’t have enough extras to borrow.


Photo: By Shannon Switzer ( as part of Nat Geo Young Explorer Grant Source to Sea Project