Anacostia Watershed Blog

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!

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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