Anacostia Watershed Blog

Exclusive Bill Matuszeski Lecture for AWS Members, Jan. 28

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Featured Speaker: Bill Matuszeski
"Five Myths about the Chesapeake Bay"

DC's New Bag Bill Went Into Effect Jan. 1

Pictured: Plastic bags at Nash Run in Washington, DC

Click here to download the AWS Bag Bill Poster.
Click here to download the AWS Bag Bill Fact Sheet.

Why a bag fee?
The purpose of the bag fee is to get trash out of our waterways. A recent study found that 33% of the trash in the Anacostia River is plastic bags.*  A District Department of the Environment (DDOE) survey found that nearly 50% of the trash in tributary streams is plastic bags; the greater amounts of vegetation tend to snag the bags upstream of the Anacostia’s main stem.**  People can avoid paying the fee by bringing reusable bags to the store, and as more people do so over time the number of plastic bags used in the District will decline dramatically. The result will be a more beautiful city for everyone to enjoy.

Action Alert: Sediment-laden water flows from ICC site directly to Indian Creek

On Wednesday, December 9, 2009, Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) received an alert from the Citizens to Conserve and Restore Indian Creek that the water flowing in Indian Creek appeared to be very full of sediment. AWS Water Quality Specialist Masaya Maeda responded and filmed turbid water being pumped out of the ICC construction site directly into the Indian Creek headwaters. Sediment is a major contributor to unhealthy rivers and a major pollutant undermining the recovery of Chesapeake Bay.

Anacostia Watershed Society demands a stop work order for the ICC until sediment control practices that do not harm the river are put into place. Unfortunately, this video is merely the latest incident in a pattern of inadequate sediment management at the ICC construction site.