Mission of Anacostia Unplugged:

To show to how going outside is saving lives, preserving the environment, and empowering communities along the Anacostia Watershed by featuring the stories of local residents, community organizations, and policy makers.

The documentary series will follow the lives of individuals living along the Anacostia River, and show their journey as they reconnect with the natural environment along this historically neglected and polluted Watershed. Through their stories, we will begin to understand why we need to reconnect with our natural surroundings, the surprising benefits of being outdoors, and the consequences of our plugged in lifestyles. Viewers will ultimately be challenged to examine how our society's increasingly sedentary and indoor lifestyles are hazardous to our health and quality of life.

Alisha Camacho
"As a lifelong Ward 7 resident who grew up just a short walk from the Watts Branch tributary, and as the director of Groundwork Anacostia, I support the series Anacostia Unplugged because it will continue the critical conversation about some of the more controversial environmental and social issues that have occurred along Anacostia River. I also believe that it is critical for us to address the disconnection our youth and our culture is experiencing with nature. With our future health, and the future health of the Anacostia River being at stake, I am excited that one of our high school Green Teams will be featured in the series to help explain this phenomena."

  -Dennis Chestnut, Director of Groundwork Anacostia