Anacostia Watershed Blog

Northwest Branch Cleanup with Pick Up America

February 27, 2011 AWS partnered with Pick Up America to clean up a particularly trashed section of the Northwest Branch near the West Hyattsville Metro Station.  The area is subject to heavy foot traffic, over the fence dumping by businesses, and trash deposition by high water during rain events.

Pick Up America is amazing group of people who are walking across America picking up trash and educating about a zero waste economy.  Organized by University of Maryland students who feel a connection to that school's home watershed of the Anacostia, AWS is proud to support their work.  Here is an excerpt of their thoughts on our Northwest Branch cleanup.

Green Power Night at Joe's Movement Emporium

Last Thursday AWS participated in a community forum in Mt. Rainier, MD, centered around ways people can go greener at home.  We were proud to join Clean Currents, the Protect Our Planet Corn Heating Cooperative, and the Anacostia's Mayor, the Honorable Adam Ortiz of Edmonston, MD.

Help AWS Get Bag Bill Cosponsors in the House of Delegates

Passing a Maryland bag bill, modeled on the highly successful DC bag bill, is one of the Anacostia Watershed Society's top legislative priorities this year.  Delegate Al Carr, from our Anacostia delegation, is leading the bag bill charge for another year.  So far about half of the Anacostia River's House delegation has signed on to cosponsor, but AWS would like to see that number at 100% when Delegate Carr submits the bill this week.

District Announces Consent Decree at Pepco Benning Road

Anacostia Watershed Society has for decades advocated for the cleanup of legacy toxic sites along the river, with the campaign heating up again recently.  This renewed campaign reached another milestone on February 2, 2011 when the District announced that it had reached an agreement with Pepco regarding toxic pollution at the Pepco Benning Road plant.

AWS Action Alert: Let’s Make Tackling Stormwater a Priority this Year!

The 2011 General Assembly Session has begun in Maryland, and the environmental community has chosen its priorities for the year.  Among the top priorities is creating a state requirement that local governments develop a revenue source to repair the billions of dollars in damage that have occurred to our streams, creeks, and rivers as a result of uncontrolled stormwater runoff.  This has been one of the Anacostia Watershed Society’s top goals for the past several years.

2011 General Assembly Events This Week

The 2011 Maryland General Assembly session officially opened January 12, but the session begins in earnest this week with a series of events sure to be of interest to environmentalists.

17th Annual Environmental Legislative Summit, Tuesday 5-6:30PM

This event is the Maryland environmental community's annual legislative kickoff, featuring presentations on priority bills and including top leadership of both chambers of the General Assembly.  This year's keynote speaker will be Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, who has made environmental initiatives a cornerstone of his administation.  This is going to be a very tough budget year for the state and we hope to show that Marylanders do not want to see cuts in environmental programs.  Please come out and demonstrate that support.

More info and free registration here

Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 5 PM - 6:30 PM
Miller Conference Room, Miller Senate Building
11 Bladen St.
Annapolis, MD 2140

2011 Maryland Legislative Priorities for the Anacostia Watershed Society

The 2011 Maryland General Assembly session opens next week and legislators will consider several bills vital to the restoration of the Anacostia River.  A large coalition of clean water groups are working on a stormwater utility fee bill, which would require counties to implement programs that assesses a fee based on impervious surface to create a dedicated fund for stormwater retrofits that are vital to cleaning up our urban waters.  A typical Maryland county has a several hundred million dollar backlog of water infrastructure projects that this fee will help address. 

AWS worked over the last year with a coalition of industry and agency stakeholders to propose an invasive plants management bill.  The stakeholder process was a huge success and there is a lot of support for this important bill. 

Plastic bags in Watts Branch, a tributary of the Anacostia River.

Cleaning Up Legacy Toxic Sites Along the Anacostia River

For much of 2010, the Anacostia Watershed Society has been working its partners to advocate for the clean-up of legacy toxic sites along the Anacostia River. 

The "Toxics Team" is made up of the following groups:

Prince George's County Inauguration

Today Prince George’s County swore in its nine Council Members, five of whom are newly elected, and inaugurated a new County Executive, Rushern L. Baker III.

County Executive Rushern Baker gives his Inaugural Address (December 6, 2010).