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Press Release: Grassroots Groups Improve DC Water's Clean Rivers Project

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/10/15 

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Paul Mufarrij, Development & Communications 
(301) 579-3105 

 

Success for Clean Water Advocates in DC: Shaping Better Plans for Healthy Waterways

Bethesda, MD — Rock Creek Conservancy, along with a number of DC clean water organizations and activists, has submitted coments and recommendations to improve DC Water’s plan, the Clean Rivers Project. This plan was created to eliminate over 2 billion gallons of raw sewage and polluted stormwater that currently enter our rivers and creeks each year. The current draft of the plan shows how grassroots groups have helped create a better plan and had a profound influence on its future success.

For many years, the DC environmental community has worked towards goals of cleaner waterways in the District. In 2014, DC Water proposed to modify the Clean Rivers Project to incorporate green infrastructure (GI) tools that mimic the natural processes for capturing, slowing, and cleaning polluted water runoff. Many environmental organizations submitted comments supporting the use of GI but pressing for a more detailed plan and specific performance standards for the proposed GI projects.

On May 20th, DC Water introduced a modification of the plan that incorporated significant changes that address a number of our concerns and comments. These include collecting and providing the data necessary to create more confidence in the DC Water proposal and minimum performance standards for GI projects.

At a recent DC Water Briefing on the proposed plan modifications, DC Water General Manager, George Hawkins stated:

"The proposal that you’ll see has been modified significantly from what was summarized...in ways that are the result of the comments we received from the public. So my view is that it has been improved by the public process, just as it should be."

We look forward to working with DC Water and other DC agencies as this plan is implemented. To see the full comments submitted by Rock Creek Conservancy, click here.

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About Rock Creek Conservancy

Rock Creek Conservancy protects the lands and waters of Rock Creek and revitalizes Rock Creek Park for people to treasure and enjoy. Rock Creek Conservancy is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service. For more information, please visit www.rockcreekconservancy.org

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Catalogue for Philanthropy Awards Rock Creek Conservancy

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/29/15 

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Paul Mufarrij, Development & Communications 
(301) 579-3105 

Bethesda, MD-based Rock Creek Conservancy Chosen for 2015/16 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington 

Bethesda, MD — Rock Creek Conservancy is proud to announce its selection for the 2015/16 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as one of the region's best small charities. This award reflects the Conservancy’s status as a highly effective local organization, working to protect the lands and waters of Rock Creek and revitalize Rock Creek Park for people to treasure and enjoy. 

As the only organization dedicated solely to Rock Creek and its parks, Rock Creek Conservancy is uniquely positioned to foster outreach, education, and protection efforts to overcome threats to Rock Creek. We work through a combination of education, advocacy, and action. Our strategy is to build partnerships with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses, institutions, community groups, and residents to work together to preserve Rock Creek for present and future generations. It’s an honor to receive this award from the Catalogue for Philanthropy and we are excited to share our mission with the entire DC region. 

Rock Creek Conservancy was selected for the 13th annual Catalogue for Philanthropy, which has, since 2003, connected caring citizens with worthy community causes and raised more than $28 million for featured nonprofits. 

The Catalogue's vetting process is rigorous: members of a 125-person review team, made up of foundations, corporations, peer nonprofits and the philanthropic advisory community, evaluate charities on the basis of program impact and fiscal soundness and each featured charity is visited on-site by at least one member of the review team. 

“Donors know they can trust the Catalogue to help them make smart decisions about local nonprofits where their contributions will really make a difference,” notes Catalogue President Barbara Harman. “The Washington, DC region ranks third in wealth disparity in the nation — having one of the most affluent (and well-educated) populations in the country, and also one of the poorest. We are in a unique position to help our neighbors by connecting donors and volunteers to worthy, local nonprofits working to strengthen the D.C. region. The Catalogue makes it easy to learn about community needs and to help meet them.” 

In November, 25,000 individuals and hundreds of family foundations will receive copies of the print Catalogue. Learn more about Rock Creek Conservancy here. 

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About Rock Creek Conservancy 

Rock Creek Conservancy protects the lands and waters of Rock Creek and revitalizes Rock Creek Park for people to treasure and enjoy. Rock Creek Conservancy is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service. For more information, please visit www.rockcreekconservancy.org.

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Dr. Edward Wilson livestream, "Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century"

As part of the 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park, the Conservancy created a Green Ribbon Panel to make recommendations for the state-of-the Park report:  Revitalizing Rock Creek Park: The Next 125 Years.  Among the esteemed members of the Green Ribbon Panel is Dr. Edward O. Wilson.

Dr. Wilson delivers the keynote speech this Thursday, March 26,  11:30 a.m. EDT - 1:00 p.m., for “Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century,” a unique science and technology summit organized and hosted by the University of California, Berkeley. Hear the livestream:

Keynote by E.O. Wilson; Mission of the National Park Service and its Relevancy Today

For the livestream schedule of all sessions click CLICK HERE

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