Kayaking with Anacostia Riverkeeper
On Friday, September 13, Anacostia Riverkeeper biologist Trey Sherard led Sierrans and Riverkeepers on a beautiful, relaxing sunset kayak tour. Surprisingly, the river didn't look as dirty or scary as people have described it years ago, so cleanup efforts must be having a positive effect. Showing us a combined sewer overflow, Trey pointed out that despite the many plastic bottles littering the water, plastic bags have disappeared thanks to DC's plastic bag tax we've had these past several years. We paddled down to the newly renovated and expanded 11thStreet bridge and saw the new osprey perches that had been installed; back at the South Capitol Street bridge, we saw the ospreys themselves, flying around their nests with high, echoing calls. Just before everyone headed out, a beaver swam by with a branch in its mouth! A good time was had by all, and we look forward to partnering with Anacostia Riverkeeper again in the future.