Anacostia Watershed Blog

AWS Launches “The Future Is Now” Campaign

Speakers with Board Chair
From left to right: Speakers Scott Kratz, Valarie Camillo, Amy Guise, Bob Vogel, and AWS Board Chair Elissa Feldman

Pope Francis Visits Anacostia Watershed

From Capitol Hill to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,
significant part of Pope’s historic visit takes place within
the Anacostia River watershed

Bladensburg, MD September 22, 2015 – As the Washington DC community welcomed Pope Francis, the Anacostia Watershed Society and its faith partners celebrated continued progress toward the goal of a swimmable and fishable Anacostia River by 2025.

New Volunteer Program Manager

Hello! My name is Joanna Fisher and I’m the new Volunteer Program Manager here at the Anacostia Watershed Society. I joined the team in late July when I had the opportunity to work alongside our departing Volunteer Coordinator Ann DeSanctis. Ann has made tremendous contributions to AWS and we’re all very excited for her next endeavor at graduate school. Ann and I have organized lots of exciting volunteer opportunities in the coming weeks, make sure to check out our calendar to learn more!

A Timely Visit from Bay Executive Council

By Dan Smith & Lori Baranoff

Bald eagle soars over Anacostia River
Anacostia River

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.

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation, The River’s Health Barometer

By: Audrey Pleva

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

AWS is now moving underwater and beginning an exciting effort to restore the river’s submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV).  These beautiful grasses are essential to cleaning the river and providing oxygen to our suffocating fish and other aquatic organisms.

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
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.



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