Volunteers scooping up plastic containers at our Earth Day Cleanup.
Bladensburg Waterfront Park, MD.
Site Leader: Marian Dombrowski
Contact Info: email@example.com
Site Capacity: 200
Quincy Run is a tributary that is near and dear to the AWS staff not only for its literal closeness to our offices but because it, like many other tributaries of the Anacostia, has quite the geography and history that works for/against it.
Quincy Run begins near MD 202 and the Baltimore/Washington Parkway and runs above ground* for just over a half mile. It begins in neighborhoods but quickly changes over to a large wooded site that receives a lot of trash due to dumping and blowing trash from people littering the roadways and businesses around the area.
Gateways consists of non-tidal wetlands with a total area of about 10 acres, the picture shows a pond located right in the middle of the wetland which normally dries out in late summer. This pond provides important habitat for aquatic plants, invertebrates, wetland birds, amphibians, reptiles and other organisms.
Trash on the banks of the Anacostia River.
On Tuesday January 20, the Montgomery County Council can help the Anacostia River in a big way, by voting to ban the use and sale of plastic foam food service products in the county and replacing them with compostable or recyclable products. Far too many of these containers are fouling our waters, including the Anacostia River and the Chesapeake Bay. ... Did you notice we didn’t refer to these containers as Styrofoam? ‘Why?’ you might ask.
By: Jim Foster, President
Julie Zaumer’s article in today’s Washington Post outlines the goal we’ve long promoted of a swimmable and fishable Anacostia by 2025 -- and the challenges we’re still facing. Highlighting the great progress accomplished to date emboldens us to overcome the challenges.
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?
The cleanup, restoration, and revitalization of the Anacostia does not happen because of one politician, organization, donor or person. It happens because many people, organizations, and governments are working together, rising to the challenge, and making the connections to support the work.
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.
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.
By: George S. Hawkins, General Manager of DC Water
Kingman Island, Northeast Washington, D.C.
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