12 March 2015

Urban Waterways Symposium

The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is pleased to announce:

Urban Waterways Symposium on
Saturday March 28, 2015 to be held at
Thurgood Marshall Academy 2427 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE.

The day-long conference will bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to exchange experiences and best practices focused on environmental activism and community engagement. The event will convene nonprofit and community leaders, scholars, and activists, develop national networks, and help provide solutions that will benefit residents, researchers, and decision-makers.   

Anthony Williams, former Mayor of the District of Columbia and current Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Federal City Council will deliver the keynote address. Breakout session topics include Education & Practice; Recreation & Environmentalism; Models in Grassroots Leadership; Collaboration Techniques; Waterfront Development; and Gentrification & New Urbanism.  Confirmed presenters include Dennis Chestnut, Groundworks Anacostia; Charles Pe’ape’a Makawalu Burrows, Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club & Ahahui Malama I Ka Lokahi, Hawaii; Irma Muñoz, Mujeres de la Tierra, Los Angles; David Karem, Waterfront Park, Louisville.

To register go to, http://urbanwaterways.eventzilla.net Use the invite code ACMUWS2015

Registration begins March 6th and is strongly suggested, as space is limited.
Collaborative convening partners for the symposium include Turkey Creek Community, Mississippi; Anacostia Watershed Society; The City Project, Los Angles California; Baltimore Parks and People; 11th Street Bridge Park Project, Washington DC; Urban Waterways Federal Partnership; and the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, the University of the District of Columbia.

This symposium is part of The Urban Waterways Project, a long-term research and educational initiative. The project is based on research on the Anacostia River and its watershed and comparatively examines how people engage with urban rivers in other communities. The Anacostia River, formerly the Eastern Branch, has long been considered one of the nation’s most troubled urban rivers. The watershed of the river covers more than 175 square miles and is one of the nation’s most densely populated.

The problems facing the Anacostia River are shared by other rivers in the industrialized world. The project explores the impact of environmental burdens and resource depletion on urban communities, as well as the interplay of environmental and social conditions. The Urban Waterways Project examines approaches and solutions on national and international levels through the study of civic oversight, community engagement, and environmental efforts. This project has been undertaken by the ACM with partners locally and nationally.

Support for the project was made possible by the Smithsonian Consortium for Understanding the American Experience.

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