Anacostia Watershed Blog

Spring Invasives Season Kicks Off at Fort Dupont National Park

The invasive plant removal season has started for AWS and its volunteers! On Sunday, April 11th AWS worked with six wonderful volunteers from Temple Sinai and they pulled out 3 bags of the Garlic Mustard. Thanks to their hard work, the Woodland Nature Trail, a short interpretive trail behind the park’s Activity Center is almost completely free of the invasive. Just a bit more follow up work should finish it for good. Temple Sinai, one of the largest Reform Jewish congregations in the metropolitan area, is located on Military Road in NW DC. This was their first ‘green’ volunteer activity, but hopefully not their last. We look forward to working with them again!

Fun Facts:

A Season of Renewal - Spring Gardening Tasks

By Kathy Jentz, Editor & Publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine

This is part two of Kathy's guest blog post where she writes about some great gardening tips for spring.  Be sure to check out yesterday's post for even more!  Kathy shared some great information during her gardening talk last night at AWS.  Below, she's modeling her new AWS tote bag filled with AWS goodies.  Thanks for coming out last night, Kathy!  We all had a great time and learned a lot!

A Season of Renewal - Spring Gardening Tasks

By Kathy Jentz, Editor & Publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine

Stay tuned for part two of Kathy's blog post tomorrow! You can also learn more tonight at 7pm when Kathy visits AWS to share tips on preparing your garden for spring. 
Click here for more info

Early spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. April is the perfect month for trimming and tidying your yard. Bulbs are just starting to open, trees are leafing out, and flower buds are swelling up to open in the sweet, warm sun. You can see the garden coming to life and your hard work brings instant rewards.

Scout Troop 1657 Helps Transplant Spatterdock


Can little kids dig Spatterdock roots out of the Patuxent River mudflats in near-freezing weather?  If they belong to Troop 1657 of Glenarden, Md. they can!  Our horticulturist, Steve McKindley-Ward led the troop on the weekend of March 27th in transplanting about 135 spatterdock root cuttings from the Patuxent to the Anacostia.

Besides the cold, a big challenge for Steve and the Scouts was a tidal mud flat on the Anacostia that didn’t quite drain!  Everything was “planted by feel” in shallow water, but the job got done, and we’re confident the plants will take root and provide their benefits in no time.

Cesar Chavez Students & Clean Water Action Team up with AWS to Clean up Nash Run

On the weekend of March 27th, Cesar Chavez students led by Tyler Pearce of the Clean Water Action helped our water quality specialist Masaya Maeda clean out our trash trap on Nash Run. Nash Run is a small tributary on the tidal Anacostia River that originates in Fairmount Heights, MD, and empties into Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC. Nash Run contributes about 11% of the trash to the Anacostia River in the District.

Updated Action Alert: Ask your Anacostia Senators to stand strong for clean water!

Update: Wed 3/31/2010 3:40 PM
The Senate environment committee (EHEA) has just announced a hearing for the Holmes bill, HB1125, on Tuesday, April 6 at 1PM. Please contact your Senators now if you haven’t already and ask them to oppose HB1125 and stand tall for clean water! See below for more info. Please contact our Director of Advocacy Brent Bolin if you are interested in submitting written testimony or coming to Annapolis to speak in person.

The original Action Alert is below..

Damage to private property due to uncontrolled stormwater.

Upcoming AWS Spring Gardening Lecture Series Events

Now that spring has officially arrived, it's time to get outside, enjoy the sunshine and start preparing your gardens!  We have two exciting lectures planned for our Spring Gardening Lecture Series which will help you do just that.

Please join the Anacostia Watershed Society for an exclusive members-only lecture!
Not an AWS Member? Click here for more information!

Alison Gillespie presents "Urban Wildlife Gardening in the Anacostia Watershed"
Part One of Our Spring Gardening Lecture Series

Date: Saturday, March 27, 2010

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: AWS Office
The George Washington House
4302 Baltimore Avenue
Bladensburg, MD 20710

AWS Director of Advocacy to Speak at March Forth Fundraising Event

Brent Bolin, AWS Director of Advocacy, will be a featured speaker at the March Forth fundraising event being held tomorrow evening at the Sandy Spring Community House in Sandy Spring, MD.  Joining him will be Andy Fellows, the Mayor of College Park and the Chesapeake Bay Regional Director for Clean Water Action.  This event will benefit Pick Up America, a group of environmentalists walking across the country for a great cause. 

In their own words... "Pick Up America is a local, regional, and nationwide initiative committed to reducing plastic waste in our communities and waterways. The Pick Up Artists will coordinate community trash clean-ups while walking across the country to encourage alternatives to our nation’s throwaway mentality. The year-and-a-half-long trek begins from Assateague Island, MD., on March 20, 2010, and spans 13 states to the San Francisco Bay, Calif., sometime in August 2011."

The Mayor’s Green Summer Job Corps 2010 Is Hiring!

Lee Cain, AWS's Manager of Education Programs, lead DC Green Summer
Job Corps staff in a special watershed training workshop last summer.

For the third consecutive year, AWS is working with the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) for The Mayor's Green Summer Job Corps; a program that engages District youth, aged 14-21, by providing them with green-collar job experience.  Last year we had a team of 45 youth and ten supervisors working at Fort Dupont Park, in SE DC.  Between June and August the team removed more than 1 acre of 13 highly invasive plant species.  The program has been a great opportunity for many organizations that do on-the-ground environmental work in the District, as well as for the youth of the, increasingly greener, national capital, many of them from disadvantaged communities.  Please see the message below from DDOE for additional information on applying to this program.