Anacostia Watershed Blog


Wild Celery underwater in the Susquehanna River. Credit: Debbie Hinkle, Chesapeake Quarterly

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation, The River’s Health Barometer

By: Audrey Pleva

2015 Earth Day Cleanup Results

Earth Day 2015 Results Page 2

Thousands Turn Out To Clean the Anacostia River, Celebrate Heroes

Anacostia Watershed Society Hosts Largest and Most Successful Earth Day Clean Up on the Anacostia River

Volunteers at Earth Day 2015Bladensburg, MD, April 27, 2015 – More than 2600 local residents and dozens of corporate partners came out Saturday April 25th to participate in the Anacostia Watershed Society’s Earth Day Clean Up and Celebration.

Ban the Foam, Prince George's County!

Plastic foam containers from our Nash Run trash trap
Plastic foam containers collected at our trash trap in Nash Run, a stream of the Anacostia River.

Earth Day 2015 Site Sketches: Wells Run Stream Buffer

Site Leader:  Mary Abe
Email: mabe@anacostiaws.org
Phone Number: 301-699-6204 x106
Site Capacity: 50

Wells Run is a tributary of the Anacostia that has seen a lot of improvement in recent years, and the community is dedicated to keep making the stream healthier! 



Wells Run runs through both the Riverdale Park and University Park communities before connecting to the NE branch of the Anacostia River.  Compared to many tributaries of the Anacostia Wells Run is relatively trash free, but suffers from a lack of stream buffer vegetation, and in many areas the slopes leading to the stream bank are mowed grass.

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.

Support Prince George's County Action on Toxics and Trash


Volunteers scooping up plastic containers at our Earth Day Cleanup
Bladensburg Waterfront Park, MD.

Earth Day 2015 Site Sketches: Quincy Run

Site Leader: Marian Dombrowski
Contact Info: mdombros@gmail.com
Cell: 301-775-1191
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.

Restoring the River’s Wetlands


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.

What type of litter are we actually trying to prevent from polluting our waters?!


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.

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