Anacostia Watershed Blog

Update for Pepco Benning Rd Site: Summary of RI Report Findings


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Please consider submitting your own comments no later than April 18. They should be clearly identified as "Pepco Benning Road: Draft Remedial Investigation Report Comments" and sent to Apurva Patil at DOEE using one of the following:

Update for Anacostia River Sediment Project: Findings Released, Public Comment


River samples being taken by Tetra Tech (DOEE's contractor), summer 2014.

Update for Pepco Benning Rd Site: Findings Released


View of the old power plant structures from the mudflats of the Anacostia River.

First Hearing on MD Bottle Bill Thursday! Legislators Need to Hear from YOU!

heron floating on trash island
Heron floating on an island of trash, comprised mainly of beverage containers, in the Anacostia River. (Click on image for a copy of our flyer)

Issue:

  • Beverage containers make up ~50% of trash collected by our Nash Run trash trap.
  • Only 28% of the 4.8 billion drink containers sold annually in Maryland are recycled.

The Bottle Bill will:

How About Giving Up Plastic Bags for Lent?

Today marks the start of Lent, a 40 day period that Christians use for personal reflection in preparation for Easter. As part of that reflection, many people give up something that they feel is inhibiting their lives – alcohol, chocolate and other sweets are some of the most popular things to “give up.” If you’re looking for something unique that will be good for you and good for the community, how about giving up plastic shopping bags. 

Why give up the bag? A major study conducted by AWS found that plastic bags make up at least 21% of trash in the Anacostia River. These bags clog storm drains, cause flooding, are harmful to wildlife, and are virtually impossible to clean up.

Capstone Projects of the Watershed Stewards Academy

Watershed Stewards of the National Capital Region 

By Vaughn Perry


Stewards pose for a picture in front of their capstone project at First United Methodist church.

AWS and REI Encourage you to #OptOutside This Thanksgiving

Here at the Anacostia Watershed Society we’re always looking for opportunities to get outside and enjoy the beautiful areas surrounding the Anacostia River. So, we were excited when our friends at REI announced they would be closing all their stores on Black Friday, November 27th, to encourage folks to spend time with their friends and family in the great outdoors.

We agree that nature can be a great place to reconnect, reflect, and enjoy the Thanksgiving season. We are lucky to have numerous opportunities to get outside right here in the Anacostia Watershed. While there are countless opportunities to enjoy the Anacostia, here are a few ideas to get outside on Black Friday:

We are so excited to see improvements coming to the Anacostia River! An excellent article, linked below, from the District Source highlights several plans for land and river access developments.
 

Development Means Positive Attention for the Anacostia Riverfront

By: Shaun Courtney, District Source

Diapers, Needles, and Cans. Oh My!

Q&A with Masaya Maeda about the Nash Run Trash Trap


By Mattie Lehman, AWS Public Policy and Advocacy Intern

Each year lotus and lily blooms at the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens (KAG) in Northeastern DC attract large numbers of nature lovers and photographers to view the flowers, wildlife, and unique aquatic plants that make up the marsh area. Thanks to the efforts of the Anacostia Watershed Society, one view visitors do not see is the trash that once plagued the Gardens.

Upstream, the Nash Run Trash Trap operated by AWS stops and collects litter which previously would have made its way towards KAG and ended up in the Anacostia River. The Trap began as a joint project of AWS and the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment in February 2009. Since that time, AWS has continued to maintain the trap and installed an updated version in 2011 designed by Masaya Maeda, AWS Water Quality Specialist.

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

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