Anacostia River splash postponed again due to water quality

The First Annual Anacostia River Splash has been postponed again due to water quality.

The splash was scheduled for Saturday, June 29, but will now be postponed until July 13, according to Anacostia Riverkeeper. 

An additional water quality sample was taken on Friday and came back above E. coli recreational standards. As a result, the splash has been rescheduled. 

The event was originally introduced as a way to showcase how much water quality has improved over the years — Mother Nature continues to have other plans.


Anacostia River Splash event pushed to September due to sewage overflow

Enthusiastic swimmers were going to dip their toes – and more – into the Anacostia River on Saturday during a specially permitted event called Splash. But according to D.C.'s Department of Energy and Environment, the event has to be postponed to September because of sewage runoff.

Enthusiastic swimmers have been waiting since July 2023 to take a dip in the river, but the event continues to be rescheduled due to repeated water quality issues.