To truly tackle litter, it is necessary to regulate trash in our waterways under the provisions of the Clean Water Act by creating a measurable, tangible limit to the amount of trash allowed in a body of water. AFF works with partners on the incorporation of trash into stormwater permits and TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily Load).

Legally enforceable TMDLs for trash have an enormous potential for establishing implementation plans with quantitative measures, driving progress and new technology, providing a solid legal foundation for regulation, and offering a basis for results-driven planning and budgeting.


  • In 2007, the Anacostia Regulatory Working Group was formed, with participants from local nonprofits, Maryland Department of Environment, District of Columbia, Montgomery county, Prince George’s County, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and Environmental Protection Agency.
  • In 2008, the Anacostia River was listed as impaired for trash, and becomes only the 2nd river in the country with a 303d listing for trash.
  • In 2010, the TMDL(Total Maximum Daily Load was established for the Anacostia River. The jurisdiction in the Anacostia watershed are currently working on the Implementation Plans to achieve the pollution diet for trash that the TMDL requires.
  • In 2011, begun to ensure that quantifiable trash reduction language is incorporated into the stormwater permits in the region.