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.

The Anacostia Watershed Society’s National Capitol Region Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) equips and supports community leaders to recognize and address local pollution problems in their nearby streams and rivers. WSA provides community leaders with the tools and resources they need to bring solutions to these problems, restoring their local waterways and the communities they affect. Each repair by each steward adds up in each and every community, with a “flood” of stewards throughout our local watersheds empowered to transform stormwater to clean water, pollution to solution, concerned resident to master steward.  There is a major emphasis in connecting community members to resources that they can use at their home, place of business, or place of worship.

Rain garden installed at a residence in Hyattsville by a Watershed Steward

Classes are currently conducted in Washington, DC and Prince George’s County.  There were a total of 3 classes conducted in Prince George’s county this year, all of which were located in Hyattsville.  Two classes were facilitated at First United Methodist Church. The last class which is currently ongoing is at Turner Memorial AME Church.  WSA loves to build partnerships with faith based institutions. WE have actually created a faith-based WSA which connects stormwater management and being a good steward with some basic tenets of respective individual’s faith.

Stewards digging a hole so that they can help plant a tree which will help manage storm water at Hyattsville Mennonite Church.

As part of their graduation requirements, stewards participated in different Capstone projects including: installing rain gardens, starting a green ministry, installing rain barrels, planting over 250 trees, and helping to implement and facilitate a new WSA.  In summary, there will be a total of 10 rain barrels installed, 460 people engaged, 255 trees planted, 5 rain gardens installed and 2300 plants planted by WSA stewards in Prince George’s county in 2015. 

If interested, please join us for our next class which will begin in March 2016.




Browse our newsletter archive to read articles previously published in our quarterly newsletter, Voice of the River!


Stay informed of the latest watershed issues by subscribing to our free email updates & event announcements.