By Dan Smith & Lori Baranoff
July 24 -- This week the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council – governors, the D.C. mayor, federal agency heads – convened for their annual meeting, this time at the National Arboretum on the Anacostia River. Their “big picture” focus on meeting major milestones necessary for a clean Bay by 2025 kept them from the river just down the hill -- where they may have glimpsed a bald eagle plucking a fish or a rower taking a lunch time canoe break on a gorgeous summer day. Those are river experiences we love to share and that show why this effort is so important.
Wild Celery underwater in the Susquehanna River. Credit: Debbie Hinkle, Chesapeake Quarterly
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation, The River’s Health Barometer
By: Audrey Pleva
Bladensburg, 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.
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
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.
By Dan Smith & Lori Baranoff
Challenged 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.
Volunteers scooping up plastic containers at our Earth Day Cleanup.
Bladensburg Waterfront Park, MD.
Site Leader: Marian Dombrowski
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Stay informed of the latest watershed issues by subscribing to our free email updates & event announcements.