Anacostia Watershed Blog

Prime Property

By Jim Foster, AWS President


View of the Anacostia River and RFK Stadium from August 2017.

As communities around the country scrambled to pitch themselves to Amazon for a potential second headquarters (HQ2), the District of Columbia submitted four potential sites to the ecommerce giant – two of them on the banks of the Anacostia River.

Both sides of the soon-to-be-remodeled South Capitol Street Bridge near the mouth of the Anacostia offer Amazon the chance to bookend the Anacostia River.

Further upriver, the area around the former D.C. General, near East Capitol Street, is a massive riverside site already being primed for redevelopment.

Anacostia Watershed Society Announces 2017 Anacostia River Heroes

Heroes will be honored Monday, October 2nd at Annual Countdown to 2025 Reception

Washington DC, September 25, 2017 – On Monday October 2nd, the Anacostia Watershed Society will recognize five extraordinary individuals who have led efforts to restore the Anacostia River. The 2017 Heroes will be honored at the Norfolk Southern Club at Nationals Park overlooking the Anacostia River, with a gala reception that will raise funds for our 2017 Countdown to 2025 Campaign.

Supporters of the Countdown to 2025 Campaign will reestablish 10 acres of riverside meadows, tree canopies, and native plant gardens to support the wildlife, plants, pollinators, and human communities that depend on these natural spaces.

Restoration Transformation

See the impact of years of our work!

By: Jorge Bogantes Montero

This blog post is a round-up of the wetland restoration posts that appeared on the Anacostia Watershed Society Facebook page through the summer.

Anacostia Watershed Society Unveils Latest River Restoration Project

University Park Elementary School and Riverdale Elementary School Retrofitted with State of the Art Green Infrastructure

Washington DC, September 5, 2017 – The Anacostia Watershed Society, in partnership with the Prince George’s County Public Schools, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the leadership of University Park Elementary School, today unveiled comprehensive redevelopment of the school grounds incorporating storm water Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will manage and treat stormwater.

Call For Artists:

Storm Drain Mural Project to Emphasize Our Connection to Local Waterways

Stormdrains on 17th St NW painted in 2017.

Description

AWS is seeking artists to create designs and paint murals on a total of 20 storm drains in a variety of locations near the Anacostia River. The goal of these murals is to raise awareness of storm drains as a connection to our local waterways. Selected artists will receive a commission of $775 per storm drain. Materials (paint and brushes) will be provided. Designs are due by 5pm on September 15th. Mural installation will take place in October 2017.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS INFORMATION AS A PDF.

Specifications

·         Designs should incorporate an environmental theme and include the text: #TrashFreeDC 

 600 Pairs of Helping Hands Work to Restore the River’s Wetlands

By Maddie Koenig, AWS Environmental Educator

This spring the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) had the pleasure of working with more than 600 students from 13 different schools across the watershed!    

Treating and Teaching: Stormwater Stewardship 

A model program to engage students, teachers, and groundskeepers in Prince George’s County

By Tara Baker, Chesapeake Bay Trust; Edited by Maureen Farrington

students in the yard

The Prince George’s Department of the Environment (DoE) recognizes that schools are key sites for stormwater management projects because they have large parking lots and roof tops that create a high volume of stormwater runoff. Schools are also central hubs for citizens and students, making them ideal demonstration sites for public awareness. Therefore, schools provide a unique opportunity for Prince George’s County to connect the stormwater projects installed on school grounds with the environmental curriculum that supports the State’s Environmental Literacy graduation requirement.

Call For Artists:

17th Street Storm Drain Project to Promote LGBTQ Neighborhood Identity

Stormdrains AWS painted in 2014 in Brookland

Description

AWS is seeking artists to create designs and paint murals on storm drains along 17th Street NW. The goal of these murals is to both raise awareness of storm drains as a connection to our local waterways and promote the neighborhood’s LGBTQ identity. Selected artists will receive a commission of $775 per storm drain. Materials (paint, brushes, etc) are provided outside of the artist's commission. The Anacostia Watershed Society will help coordinate volunteers for painting the project. Designs are due by 5pm on June 16th. Mural installation will take place in late June/early July 2017.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS INFORMATION AS A PDF.

Specifications

A Reason to Be Glad: Springtime Means Shad!

By: Chris Lemieux, Manager of Education


Video of Shad running at Buzzard Point on March 28, 2017

As the Spring warm-up is well under-way, so is the annual run of the American Shad! The newly-minted “DC state fish” spends most of its life in the ocean, but as your garden is beginning to bloom, the shad make their way back up our local rivers to spawn.

Up until the late 1800’s this fish was a major part of colonial life and a huge component of a thriving native ecology as well as colonial-American industry. But Shad fell victim to the neglect and mistreatment of the Anacostia River, and the numbers of this fish dwindled from over-fishing, pollution, and loss of prime spawning habitat.


Students release shad fry into the Anacostia River.

Anacostia Watershed Society Submits Comments on Anacostia Park Draft Management Plan

Encourages NPS to Maximize Natural Area, Natural Systems

(Washington, DC, March 17, 2017) -- The Anacostia Watershed Society this week submitted detailed comments to the National Park Service in response to the Anacostia Park Draft Management Plan.

AWS expressed support for Alternative 4 as the best plan for Anacostia Park because it preserves the most natural area and allows for the least intrusive management practices on National Park land. AWS supports Alternative 4 because it achieves the highest and best use of National Park land to return, restore and protect the natural environment for the use of all, including future generations. AWS did note some ambiguity between the text and the maps, and made clear that AWS does NOT support the transfer of Poplar Point to the District of Columbia for commercial development.

Among the specific comments offered by AWS: