Anacostia Watershed Blog

Restoring the River’s Wetlands


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.

What type of litter are we actually trying to prevent from polluting our waters?!


Trash on the banks of the Anacostia River.

On Tuesday January 20, the Montgomery County Council can help the Anacostia River in a big way, by voting to ban the use and sale of plastic foam food service products in the county and replacing them with compostable or recyclable products. Far too many of these containers are fouling our waters, including the Anacostia River and the Chesapeake Bay. ... Did you notice we didn’t refer to these containers as Styrofoam? ‘Why?’ you might ask.

Swimmable, Fishable? Not yet, but there's momentum

By: Jim Foster, President

Julie Zaumer’s article in today’s Washington Post outlines the goal we’ve long promoted of a swimmable and fishable Anacostia by 2025 -- and the challenges we’re still facing. Highlighting the great progress accomplished to date emboldens us to overcome the challenges.

Citizens Monitor for Sewage Pollution in Local Streams

By: Alecia Donaldson

On October 25th, Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) had the pleasure of hosting our first Citizen Monitoring event in the Wells Run and Sligo Creek subwatersheds of the Anacostia River. AWS, the Center for Watershed Protection (CWP), and the Friends of Sligo Creek (FOSC) joined forces to educate volunteers on the impacts of illicit sewage discharge on our streams and train them to help detect and report these occurrences.

What is Illicit Discharge?

The Anacostia River: Making Connections
 By Jim Foster, President

The cleanup, restoration, and revitalization of the Anacostia does not happen because of one politician, organization, donor or person.  It happens because many people, organizations, and governments are working together, rising to the challenge, and making the connections to support the work.

Vote for the Anacostia this Tuesday!

By Dan Smith, Public Policy and Advocacy Director


Tuesday, Nov. 4 is Election Day. And make no mistake about it, the Anacostia is on the ballot.

Who we elect in the District and Maryland has a direct effect on the Anacostia. It is these policy makers -- local, state, and national -- who will set the pace and help us find the resources for the next phase of cleanup. We have come a long way in our 25 year campaign for the Anacostia, but little of it would have been possible without strong laws and their enforcement and the active commitment of elected officials.

Innovative Design Chosen for the 11th Street Bridge Park

By: Maureen Farrington, Membership Coordinator

The Anacostia Watershed Society congratulates the 11th Street Bridge Park for choosing as its winning design "Anacostia Crossing"  by the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and Olin Studio. This is a bold new statement for the Anacostia River, an environmentally-sound and elegant design that dramatically builds on the efforts of so many through the years to make our river healthy and beautiful.

AWS wanted to share this blog post from one of our great partners, supporters, and friends, George S. Hawkins, the General Manager of DC Water

Bravo for the Anacostia Watershed Society!

By: George S. Hawkins, General Manager of DC Water

                      Kingman Island, Northeast Washington, D.C.

Let's Go Nats!

By Maureen Farrington, Membership Coordinator

The Anacostia Watershed Society is thrilled that the Washington Nationals are in the 2014 MLB playoffs! You can hear President Jim Foster in two spots on CBS Radio, 106.7 The Fan, running before the next five playoff games. (Hopefully it won't go to 5 games!)

Listen to the ad by clicking on the icon to the right, or right click to download.

What is going on with the Charles?!!

By Dan Smith, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy


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!

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