A Busy End of the Year and Special Thanks to our Wonderful Volunteers

As 2010 winds down, the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) is still geared up and working hard to meet our goals for cleaning up the Anacostia River and its tributaries, eradicating invasive plants and planting trees throughout DC and Maryland.  Last month on November 20th, we had a fantastic clean-up event partnering with Surfrider.  With 30 volunteers in three hours, we cleaned up 88 bags of trash (20 bags contained only plastic bottles), 15 tires, 2 grills, 1 iron, 1 rake, 1 metal gate, half of a car transmission and 4 five-gallon buckets along the river banks near Paint Branch Stream.  Thanks to all our hard-working volunteers who came out!

The cold weather we’ve been experiencing so far this winter didn’t hold us back from finishing our tree planting for this year.  With the help of our great volunteers, we’ve planted a total of 69 native trees on the banks of the Anacostia.  On December 3rd, we had a wonderful afternoon at the confluence of the NW Branch and the NE Branch with 13 energetic volunteers from Honest Tea and one neighbor from Bladensburg.  We even had the presence of Seth Goldman, President and co-founder of the company Honest Tea.  We planted 55 trees in total and even saw a rare glimpse of a Red Fox!

On the same site, we finished our reforestation season strong with a group from Georgetown Day School on December 7th.  The students planted 14 trees on a harsh windy morning that made the Anacostia floodplains feel like the Arctic tundra!  We are very excited about our reforestation operations for 2011, and we hope to engage hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteers in our spring and fall tree plantings.

Lastly, to finish our 2010 year strong, we had a final clean-up event with the St. Stephens and St. Agnus School with 20 AP Environmental Science students.  In three hours, they removed 18 bags of trash, 4 tires, 1 plastic dog house, 1 box spring mattress and a construction pipe from Ft. Dupont Park.  Way to go!

As Volunteer Coordinator, I would like to extend a special “Thank You” to all our volunteers for their hard work in 2010.  Our efforts here at AWS could not be accomplished without the help and support of community members and volunteers like you.  If you're interested in setting up an event for your group, please contact Sarah Wendel, Volunteer Maryland Coordinator 301-699-6204 or at swendel@anacostiaws.org.  I hope you will continue your support through 2011 and beyond, and please check our calendar often to learn about upcoming events where you can get involved! Happy Holidays!


A Busy End of the Year and Special Thanks to our Wonderful

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