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Posted on: October 21, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Renewed Commitment: The Anacostia River Accord Signing

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Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett recently signed the Anacostia River Accord - a renewed commitment in the Washington Metropolitan Area to achieve a clean Anacostia River and reduce trash at its source.

Prince George's County, the District of Columbia and Montgomery County pledge to work together with regional leaders, businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, communities and residents to develop innovation solutions to achieve the goal of a trash free Anacostia River.

“The Anacostia River is such an important part of who we are as a region, so we must make every artery as clean and healthy as possible,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “Today’s signing of the Anacostia River Accord is a significant step forward for our region and is symbolic of what we can accomplish together. Standing with our friends and neighbors in the District of Columbia and Montgomery County, Prince George’s County is committed to ensuring that the Anacostia River is cleaner and safer for our residents.”

Litter is a nuisance and eyesore that interferes with our enjoyment of local waterways and other community resources. It impairs environmental health and sends a message of blatant disregard for the law and property values, and threatens to erode the character of our communities.

Prince George’s County takes the issue of litter seriously and has established several programs to effectively reduce the amount of litter reaching the Anacostia River by 170,628 pounds per year by 2019. County litter reduction programs include Clean Sweep, Comprehensive Community Clean Up, Storm Drain Stenciling and Clean Up Green Up. The County also introduced its new LitterTRAK mobile app, which is used by Prince George’s County agencies involved in the removal of litter and illegal dumping throughout the County.

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