PEER Consultants, P.C. (PEER) was selected by the District’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) to provide environmental impact and study services for potential watershed restoration activities for projects located in Ft. Dupont Park in southeast Washington, DC, which sits on National Park Service land and is the second largest park in the District.
The Fort Dupont watershed is part of DC's Anacostia River Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) approved in 2012 by the EPA. DOEE and National Capital Parks-East (NACE) are looking to institute a comprehensive watershed restoration project for the Ft. Dupont watershed. DOEE, in partnership with NPS and DDOT, has previously installed several LID projects in and around Fort Dupont Park. In 2008, several bioretention cells were installed along the perimeter of the park and in two parking areas that service the park. This project will expand upon the bioretention cells installed along Ridge Road SE, Bums Street SE, and in two parking areas that service the park- to catch, capture, and filter more roadway run-off while planning for the overall restoration of the stream.
The Fort Dupont Watershed Restoration Project will be a comprehensive restoration project with five main components:
- Community outreach and education activities focused on watershed restoration.
- Upland LID work on private property within the watershed through voluntary implementation efforts.
- Installation of LID on NPS or public right-of-way areas.
- Stream restoration work
- wetland restoration work.
The scope of work in this EA will explore the options to implement the proposed actions of the Ft. Dupont Watershed Restoration Project that would take place on NPS property in the watershed.
PEER will prepare a draft Environmental Assessment (EA), National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Compliance, Wetland Delineation Report, and a Decision Document, either a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or Notice of Intent (NOI) for the District Department of Energy and Environment in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), specifically NACE. The EA and associated tasks will cover an assessment and analysis of the proposed construction of low impact development projects and implementation of stream restoration and wetland restoration work in the Ft. Dupont watershed in DC.
The EA will consider the potential to implement restoration activities that could meet the following objectives: To install LID projects throughout the Fort Dupont Watershed to treat up to 5 acres of stormwater run-off; to restore at least 10,000 ft. of degraded stream reaches; to restore at least 2 acres of non-tidal wetlands to the watershed; and, to add up to five acres of tidal wetlands to the watershed along the Anacostia River.
The ultimate objective is for DOEE and NPS to restore the Ft. Dupont watershed to a state where it can be considered a 'healthy watershed' within the District of Columbia.