In partnership with the University of Maryland (UMD) and Anacostia Community Museum, we have been hosting Recreational Fishing Days. These fun and informative events are more ways for people of all ages to enjoy the Anacostia River and there are only three days left this season! Click on the links below for more details including directions, maps, and to RSVP.
By Chris Myers and Ashley Parker
Stormwater retrofit work began shortly after AWS received grant money from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in June of 2013. As mentioned in a previous blog, AWS selected the First United Methodist Church as one of the sites to initiate stormwater management efforts. Selecting the site was relatively easy. Next, AWS needed to convince the church that managing its stormwater runoff was the right thing to do.
Save the Date flyer sent out by the District Department of the Environment.
On Tuesday, July 29, at 1:30 pm, DC Mayor Vincent Gray is hosting a signing ceremony at Anacostia Community Boathouse (1900 M St. SE) for the Sustainable DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2014 followed by the launch of sampling activities for the Anacostia River Sediment Project. These are two very important efforts for the health of the environment, particularly the Anacostia River, that were a top priority this year for AWS and other supporters.
By Chris Myers and Ashley Parker
Anacostia River near Pennsylvania Ave. Bridge, June 2014.
After receiving many requests for an extension on the public comment period for Waters of the United States Proposed Rule published in April by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers, the agencies responded announcing an additional 90-days. The new deadline is now October 20, 2014.
This proposed rule is a huge step forward for clean water as this would more clearly define those waters protected under the Clean Water Act. For the Anacostia River, this would mean that wetlands and seasonal streams that support the river and its tributaries are without a doubt protected under the law helping ensure smart land use and development near those areas.
AWS staff regularly monitors the water quality of the Anacostia River and, from our data, creates a report card which is your guide to how well our communities, environmental groups, and governments are meeting the goal of a fishable and swimmable Anacostia River, per the terms of the Clean Water Act. Our goal is to provide a benchmark of progress, create accountability for decision makers entrusted with the health of the river, and point to the most effective solutions to restore it.
Despite again earning a failing grade for water quality, we know that the Anacostia River can be made fishable and swimmable by 2025 and have plans in place to accomplish that goal.
Kudzu Removal: Next Steps
By Ashley Parker
In the fall of 2013 and in the spring of 2014, AWS brought in Eco-Goats to attack the kudzu infestation along the Northwest Branch in Kirkwood Park of Hyattsville, MD. As discussed in an AWS blog written on November 26, 2013, Kudzu is a non-native vine that is very aggressive once it becomes established in a natural landscape. It establishes quickly, and is very difficult to eradicate. The goats were a good tool for AWS land managers, as they reduced the thick biomass at the site which has paved the way for the next important steps in managing kudzu at this site.
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