Anacostia Watershed Blog

Update for Demolition of Pepco Benning Road Power Plant


By Jessica Duvall, AWS Public Policy and Advocacy Intern 
 


View from the Anacostia River of the Pepco Benning Road power plant being deconstructed. Photo credit Masaya Maeda, Anacostia Watershed Society.

Many people do not think about where water goes after it hits the street and enters a storm drain. Our goal as an organization is to raise awareness and then empower individuals to make a positive impact on their local streams. Strorm drain murals help address the critical first step of raising awareness and helping people to understand that no matter where they are in the Anacostia Watershed their actions have a direct impact on the Anacostia River.

We recently painted 10 storm drain murals in the Brookland neighborhood of Northeast DC with the help of students from Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter School. Local artists designed the murals and the students assisted with the painting. 

 

Interested in getting involved? We will be painting another round of murals in Hyattsville and Riverdale Park this fall. We are currently solicting designs. Click here for-----  Call for Artists. 

 

Update for Washington Gas Toxic Site: Activities for Soil Cleanup Underway


Map of the Washington Gas - East Station site near Water Street SE showing locations of stockpiles and truck traffic. Provided by the National Park Service. 

Join Us For Recreational Fishing!


Click image for larger view and second page Spanish version.

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.

August 16, next Saturday, at Anacostia Park in DC

First United Methodist Church Stormwater Retrofits: “Planning Before the Design”

 

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.

Mayor Gray to Sign Sustainable DC Legislation and Kick Off River Sediment Project


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.

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Stormwater Management at a Prince George’s County Church

 

By Chris Myers and Ashley Parker

Updates for Anacostia River Sediment Project: Plans Finalized, Field Activities Begin, and a New Deadline


Final Anacostia River Sediment Project boundary map. Click image for larger view.
Provided by Tetra Tech in Final Remedial Investigation Work Plan.

Update: Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rule Comment Extension


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 Releases 2014 Anacostia River Report Card & State of the River Report

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.

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