General Restoration Progress
Goal 1
Dramatically reduce Pollutant loads, such as sediment, toxics, CSO's, other non-point inputs and trash, delivered to the tidal river and its tributaries to meet water quality standards and goals

Goal 2

Protect and restore the ecological integrity of the Anacostia River and its streams to enhance aquatic diversity, increase recreational use and provide for a quality urban fishery.
Goal 3
Restore the natural range of resident and anadromous fish to historical limits
Goal 4
Increase the natural filtering capacity and habitat diversity of the watershed by sharply increasing the acreage and quality of tidal and non-tidal wetlands.

Goal 5

Protect and expand forest cover throughout the watershed and create a contiguous riparian forest buffer adjacent to its streams, wetlands and river.
Goal 6
Increase citizen and private awareness of their vital role in both the cleanup and economic revitalization of the watershed, and increase volunteer and public-private partnership participation in watershed restoration activities.

The six major and long-standing restoration goals for the Anacostia watershed are to the right. Progress toward these goals is tracked by 50 restoration targets, or benchmarks, set forth in the same Agreement. General progress, as of 2006, is depicted below.

As of 2005, the Restoration Partners were on track to meet the 2010 targets for four out of the six goals, while progress made towards reducing pollutant loads (Goal 1) was far from reaching the annual target. Implementing stormwater management retrofits is the principal method used to reduce both flow volumes and a broad range of pollutants from existing, uncontrolled developed areas. The associated annual target for stormwater management retrofits is an extremely ambitious 1,090 acres. To put this into further perspective, the highest annual acreage amount retrofitted by the Restoration Partners was 885 acres in 2001, when several large pond-type projects were constructed. In contrast, only 3.3 acres were retrofitted (via the construction of five LID projects) in 2005. It should be noted that in 2006, 15 stormwater retrofit projects were constructed resulting in the additional control of 361 acres. Given the limited resources available, decreasing availability of larger public open spaces required for the possible construction of pond/wetland-type retrofits, and the generally low number of projects in the planning or design stage, it is extremely unlikely that the Restoration Partners will meet restoration Goal 1 by 2010.

For more information visit the Reports and Data section, see the newly released Action Agenda, or look at information on specific subwatersheds.