Volunteers Clean Up Former Landfill

Efforts part of the Earth Day Environmental Justice Green Challenge Community Beautification Cleanup, organized by EPA and the Earth Conservation Corps.

| April 24, 2009

  • Picking up trash was a major part of the clean-up efforts along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.
    Volunteers pick up trash along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.
    courtesy Anacostia Watershed Society
  • EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson speaks to volunteers during the cleanup efforts along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson addresses the volunteers before clean-up efforts begin in Kenilworth Park and along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.
    courtesy Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Group effort keeps things moving during cleanup efforts along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.
    A group effort keeps things moving along during clean-up efforts in Kenilworth Park and along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.
    courtesy Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Clean-up efforts along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.
    Clean-up efforts in Kenilworth Park and along the Anacostia River, Washington, D.C., yielded quite a few trash bags.
    courtesy Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Old tires were a major part of the clean-up along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.
    Rolling old tires up the banks of the Anacostia River, in Washington, D.C., takes a lot of effort
    courtesy Anacostia Watershed Society
  • A mountain of trash bags was the result of cleanup efforts along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.
    A mountain of trash bags was the result of clean-up efforts in Kenilworth Park and along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.
    courtesy Anacostia Watershed Society

  • Picking up trash was a major part of the clean-up efforts along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.
  • EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson speaks to volunteers during the cleanup efforts along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.
  • Group effort keeps things moving during cleanup efforts along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.
  • Clean-up efforts along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.
  • Old tires were a major part of the clean-up along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.
  • A mountain of trash bags was the result of cleanup efforts along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. – To help fuse the ideals of Earth Month and environmental justice, EPA and hundreds of volunteers from across the country gathered to clean up Kenilworth Park, the former landfill for Washington, D.C., as part of the Earth Day Environmental Justice Green Challenge Community Beautification Cleanup.

EPA and the Earth Conservation Corps worked together to organize hundreds of volunteers from New York, Michigan and the Washington, D.C., area to participate in the event in time for Earth Day. Volunteers included high school and student groups from Michigan (Students Today Leaders Forever) and Harlem (Children’s Zone). In addition, the NAACP and the Congressional Black Associates participated in the event.

“To protect the planet, we have to step up and protect the environment in our communities – especially in the places where the challenges seem the greatest,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson says. “The commitment to environmental action we see here is something we want in every community, during Earth Month and every month of the year.”

Kenilworth Park, located east of the Anacostia River, is located in the Deanwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C., where the late singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Marvin Gaye grew up. The park’s modern history began in 1972 when the federally owned land was being used as a landfill. It is currently operated by the National Park Service.



The Earth Conservation Corps, a nonprofit community-based organization located just east of the Anacostia River in Washington, is dedicated to improving the local environment through cleanup efforts and educating communities and neighbors on actions to restore and rehabilitate the environment.

EPA’s Environmental Justice Program helps disproportionately impacted communities create healthy, sustainable communities through local projects aligned with the top five priorities of EPA Administrator Jackson – improving air quality, managing chemical risks, cleaning up hazardous waste sites, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting America’s water.






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