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  • Section 106 Consultation, Archeological and Architectural History Investigations, DC Water’s Anacostia River Projects
  • Section 106 Consultation, Archeological and Architectural History Investigations, DC Water’s Anacostia River Projects
  • Section 106 Consultation, Archeological and Architectural History Investigations, DC Water’s Anacostia River Projects

Section 106 Consultation, Archeological and Architectural History Investigations, DC Water’s Anacostia River Projects

DC Water’s Anacostia River Projects (ARPs) include a series of tunnels and other hydraulic structures that would be constructed below the Anacostia River in Washington D.C. The system is designed to contain excess flow of sewage and storm water into the Anacostia River. Straughan was hired to coordinate Section 106 review with the National Park Service, the lead federal agency, and other project stakeholders. In addition, Straughan undertook efforts to identify the potential for archeological resources to exist beneath deeply buried fill layers associated with dredging of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers in the early 20th century.

This was completed by conducting historic research, particularly of historic maps and US Army Corps of Engineers dredging reports and maps available at the National Archives, and by working closely with a geoarcheologist who analyzed soil cores in the project area. Straughan led archeological survey planning, analyzed project impacts, and prepared a Phase Ia Archeological Investigation Report. In addition, Straughan assessed the potential of the project to affect the historic Anacostia Seawall and a historic pump house within the area of potential effects. The project required compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act, Archeological Resources Protection Act, the Shipstead Luce Act, and the District of Columbia preservation ordinance.