Anacostia Watershed Blog

We are so excited to see improvements coming to the Anacostia River! An excellent article, linked below, from the District Source highlights several plans for land and river access developments.
 

Development Means Positive Attention for the Anacostia Riverfront

By: Shaun Courtney, District Source

Diapers, Needles, and Cans. Oh My!

Q&A with Masaya Maeda about the Nash Run Trash Trap


By Mattie Lehman, AWS Public Policy and Advocacy Intern

Each year lotus and lily blooms at the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens (KAG) in Northeastern DC attract large numbers of nature lovers and photographers to view the flowers, wildlife, and unique aquatic plants that make up the marsh area. Thanks to the efforts of the Anacostia Watershed Society, one view visitors do not see is the trash that once plagued the Gardens.

Upstream, the Nash Run Trash Trap operated by AWS stops and collects litter which previously would have made its way towards KAG and ended up in the Anacostia River. The Trap began as a joint project of AWS and the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment in February 2009. Since that time, AWS has continued to maintain the trap and installed an updated version in 2011 designed by Masaya Maeda, AWS Water Quality Specialist.

AWS Launches “The Future Is Now” Campaign

Speakers with Board Chair
From left to right: Speakers Scott Kratz, Valarie Camillo, Amy Guise, Bob Vogel, and AWS Board Chair Elissa Feldman

Pope Francis Visits Anacostia Watershed

From Capitol Hill to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,
significant part of Pope’s historic visit takes place within
the Anacostia River watershed

Bladensburg, MD September 22, 2015 – As the Washington DC community welcomed Pope Francis, the Anacostia Watershed Society and its faith partners celebrated continued progress toward the goal of a swimmable and fishable Anacostia River by 2025.

A Timely Visit from Bay Executive Council

By Dan Smith & Lori Baranoff

Bald eagle soars over Anacostia River
Anacostia River

July 24 -- This week the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council – governors, the D.C. mayor, federal agency heads – convened for their annual meeting, this time at the National Arboretum on the Anacostia River. Their “big picture” focus on meeting major milestones necessary for a clean Bay by 2025 kept them from the river just down the hill -- where they may have glimpsed a bald eagle plucking a fish or a rower taking a lunch time canoe break on a gorgeous summer day. Those are river experiences we love to share and that show why this effort is so important.

2015 Earth Day Cleanup Results

Earth Day 2015 Results Page 2

Maryland Legislature Bolsters Efforts to Reduce Pollution

Responds to charges of taxing the rain


By Dan Smith & Lori Baranoff

Polluted stormwater runoff from streetChallenged for much of the past year for requiring the state’s largest jurisdictions to set fees for local polluted runoff reduction projects, the Maryland General Assembly took action this week to give local jurisdictions flexibility in how they raise these important pollution-reduction funds. The Assembly also affirmed requirements that the work get done. The bill now goes to Gov. Larry Hogan for signing.

Citizens Monitor for Sewage Pollution in Local Streams

By: Alecia Donaldson

On October 25th, Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) had the pleasure of hosting our first Citizen Monitoring event in the Wells Run and Sligo Creek subwatersheds of the Anacostia River. AWS, the Center for Watershed Protection (CWP), and the Friends of Sligo Creek (FOSC) joined forces to educate volunteers on the impacts of illicit sewage discharge on our streams and train them to help detect and report these occurrences.

What is Illicit Discharge?

Vote for the Anacostia this Tuesday!

By Dan Smith, Public Policy and Advocacy Director


Tuesday, Nov. 4 is Election Day. And make no mistake about it, the Anacostia is on the ballot.

Who we elect in the District and Maryland has a direct effect on the Anacostia. It is these policy makers -- local, state, and national -- who will set the pace and help us find the resources for the next phase of cleanup. We have come a long way in our 25 year campaign for the Anacostia, but little of it would have been possible without strong laws and their enforcement and the active commitment of elected officials.

Innovative Design Chosen for the 11th Street Bridge Park

By: Maureen Farrington, Membership Coordinator

The Anacostia Watershed Society congratulates the 11th Street Bridge Park for choosing as its winning design "Anacostia Crossing"  by the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and Olin Studio. This is a bold new statement for the Anacostia River, an environmentally-sound and elegant design that dramatically builds on the efforts of so many through the years to make our river healthy and beautiful.