Earth Day 2015 Site Sketches: Wells Run Stream Buffer

Site Leader:  Mary Abe
Phone Number: 301-699-6204 x106
Site Capacity: 50

Wells Run is a tributary of the Anacostia that has seen a lot of improvement in recent years, and the community is dedicated to keep making the stream healthier! 

Wells Run runs through both the Riverdale Park and University Park communities before connecting to the NE branch of the Anacostia River.  Compared to many tributaries of the Anacostia Wells Run is relatively trash free, but suffers from a lack of stream buffer vegetation, and in many areas the slopes leading to the stream bank are mowed grass.

Mowed stream buffers may look nice, but they are detrimental to stream health as they do not filter stormwater or provide shade. In order to help increase the health of Wells Run AWS and our partners (Prince Georges County Public Schools and the town of University Park) are planting a vegetated stream buffer behind University Park Elementary School.  Not only will the 3,000 plants installed this spring help to protect the stream, but they will also provide wildlife habitat and a valuable educational space for the school.  This project is part of a larger stormwater retrofit of the entire school, funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust Fund.

On April 25 AWS will be working with volunteers to install 19 large Sweet Bay Magnolias, and we need volunteer support!  As you can see in the picture below, these trees are large (8-10 feet tall and weighing over 200 pounds), so their installation will immediately transform the appearance of the stream buffer.

Sign up for the Wells Run Earth Day Site and help us to transform a stream buffer and create a novel educational space for University Park Elementary School!  Given the large size of the plants we will be working with this event is not appropriate for children.



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