Water and Sewer Authority Seawall – Washington DC

Description

In 1936 Work: A Journal of Progress reported that in 1933-34 the Civil Works Administration (CWA) relief workers constructed 245 feet of seawall at the Sewer Division property yard and a cable shed at the garage. The exact site was not specified.

Nevertheless, the Water and Sewer Authority (then known as the Sewer Division) owns a large waterside property at the foot of First Street on the Anacostia River that would be a likely place for such a seawall.  This is further confirmed by a later report in Work: A Journal of Progress that the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was soon to complete a seawall at First and O Streets SE – the same Sewer Division/Water and Sewer Authority property. The WPA often completed or extended such projects begun under the short-lived CWA. 

Old concrete seawall is readily visible along the river bank of the Water & Sewer Authority property, east of Diamond Teague Park and inside the Anacostia Riverwalk trail (see photo).

Source notes

District of Columbia Works Progress Administration, “Guarding Washington Health,” Work: A Journal of Progress, Vol. 1, No. 1, Sept. 1936, p. 27

District of Columbia Works Progress Administration, “WPA Covers the Waterfront,” Work: A Journal of Progress, Vol. 1, No. 4, Dec. 1936, p. 12

Project originally submitted by Brent McKee - wpatoday.org on May 19, 2021.
Additional contributions by Richard A Walker.

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Location Info


125 O St. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Coordinates: 38.87267, -77.0040

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