Boston’s Charles River just received an A- grade from the EPA. The annual one-mile open-water expert swim sold out again, and for the second year in a row the community swim event was a smashing success. See photos!
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.
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.
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.
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