Keep the Anacostia waterways clear (and safe) for boating

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The rowing community based in the Port Towns Community Boathouse (PTCB) just learned about the proposed bridge across the Anacostia River that would connect the bicycle/pedestrian Anacostia Riverwalk Trail with the National Arboretum. See the full report here:

https://www.ncpc.gov/docs/actions/2017December/7936_Anacostia_Riverwalk_Trail_Pedestrian_Bridge_to_the_National_Arboretum_Staff_Report_Dec2017.pdf

There are many rowers, kayakers and canoers who use the river north of Benning Road. None of us knew that plans for this bridge were moving forward.  That means about 500 rowers were caught by surprise when plans for the bridge were unveiled and included a big pier RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PRACTICE RACE COURSE.  The deepest water, the "best water" and really the "only water" where we can race side by side for practices.

While we are enthusiastic about the progress in the Anacostia Parks, we are very concerned that the proposed bridge will substantially hurt rowing (and maybe even rowers!) on the river.  

We ask that you address our concerns and encourage you to work with the rowing community as this project moves forward.  Rowers and coaches have direct, and frequent, exposure to the river and can significantly improve the project.  We are excited about this bridge (what a great way to watch a race) but we need the committee to realize the problems with the existing plan and work with us to fix it.



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