Anacostia Watershed Blog

First United Methodist Church Stormwater Retrofits: “Planning Before the Design”

 

By Chris Myers and Ashley Parker

Stormwater retrofit work began shortly after AWS received grant money from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in June of 2013.  As mentioned in a previous blog, AWS selected the First United Methodist Church as one of the sites to initiate stormwater management efforts.  Selecting the site was relatively easy.  Next, AWS needed to convince the church that managing its stormwater runoff was the right thing to do.

Stormwater Management at a Prince George’s County Church

 

By Chris Myers and Ashley Parker

Kudzu Removal: Next Steps

By Ashley Parker

In the fall of 2013 and in the spring of 2014, AWS brought in Eco-Goats to attack the kudzu infestation along the Northwest Branch in Kirkwood Park of Hyattsville, MD.  As discussed in an AWS blog written on November 26, 2013, Kudzu is a non-native vine that is very aggressive once it becomes established in a natural landscape.  It establishes quickly, and is very difficult to eradicate.  The goats were a good tool for AWS land managers, as they reduced the thick biomass at the site which has paved the way for the next important steps in managing kudzu at this site.

Yours – Mine – Our Stormwater

By Margie Noonan and Ashley Parker

Tap. Tap. Tap. Tip-tap. Tip-tap tip-tap tip-tap…

Don’t you love those spring mornings when you get up and hear the soft rain pattering down onto the ground, watering all of the flowers and plants that are budding after a cold winter?  That sweet smell of the earth waking back up.  Looking out your window and watching ephemeral streams meander across the ground.  As a child, I used to love splashing in puddles and racing leaves down the asphalt rapids.

Moving Right Along at Briers Mill Run

By Margie Noonan and Ashley Parker

 

You may remember our most recent DNR blog post from December in which we reported on our stream cleanup with GEMS students from William Wirt Middle School, in Riverdale, MD. While winter has slowed down our outdoor restoration efforts, our staff has been hard at work coordinating with engineers and local community members on the process for rebuilding Briers Mill Run and two of its outfalls that have become a danger to the community.  The Anacostia Watershed Society selected KCI Technologies to come up with a design that will stabilize the erosion occurring around the outfalls and improve the Briers Mill Run riparian corridor behind William Wirt.

AWS Partners with GEMS to Clean Briers Mill Run

By Ashley Parker and Alecia Donaldson

The AWS Fall 2013 Goat Round-up!

By Ashley Stanton

Last week, AWS employed two herds of goats to begin eating kudzu along Nicholson St. and the Northwest Branch in Hyattsville.  Kudzu is an invasive vine that takes over native plants and destroys wildlife habitat.  We couldn’t be happier with the results of this effort!  Not only did the goats reduce the invasive biomass by more than half, they entertained the surrounding community and reconnected the residents to their local watershed.

Goats to the Rescue!

By Ashley Stanton and Chris Myers

The AWS Community Stormwater Improvement Project

By: Ashley Stanton, Restoration Project Manager