Storm Drain Murals of 2017

By Maureen Farrington

Storm drains are the fast lane for our urban stormwater to reach the Anacostia River. And when that drain looks just like a curb, it can be hard to remember that the hole in the road is a direct line to one of our most precious natural resources. 

Since our earliest days, the Anacostia Watershed Society has worked to restore this connection. We've been stenciling storm drains since our inception, making this vital aspect of a heathy environment stand out. Here's a blog post from 2014 about this work. It's interesting to see the evolution of our designs!

This year, our storm drain project went into full steam, and we created a map so you can check out these new murals in person!

Diapers, Needles, and Cans. Oh My!

Q&A with Masaya Maeda about the Nash Run Trash Trap


By Mattie Lehman, AWS Public Policy and Advocacy Intern

Each year lotus and lily blooms at the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens (KAG) in Northeastern DC attract large numbers of nature lovers and photographers to view the flowers, wildlife, and unique aquatic plants that make up the marsh area. Thanks to the efforts of the Anacostia Watershed Society, one view visitors do not see is the trash that once plagued the Gardens.

Upstream, the Nash Run Trash Trap operated by AWS stops and collects litter which previously would have made its way towards KAG and ended up in the Anacostia River. The Trap began as a joint project of AWS and the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment in February 2009. Since that time, AWS has continued to maintain the trap and installed an updated version in 2011 designed by Masaya Maeda, AWS Water Quality Specialist.

Maryland Legislature Bolsters Efforts to Reduce Pollution

Responds to charges of taxing the rain


By Dan Smith & Lori Baranoff

Polluted stormwater runoff from streetChallenged for much of the past year for requiring the state’s largest jurisdictions to set fees for local polluted runoff reduction projects, the Maryland General Assembly took action this week to give local jurisdictions flexibility in how they raise these important pollution-reduction funds. The Assembly also affirmed requirements that the work get done. The bill now goes to Gov. Larry Hogan for signing.

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.

Stormwater Management at a Prince George’s County Church

 

By Chris Myers and Ashley Parker

Yours – Mine – Our Stormwater

By Margie Noonan and Ashley Parker

Tap. Tap. Tap. Tip-tap. Tip-tap tip-tap tip-tap…

Don’t you love those spring mornings when you get up and hear the soft rain pattering down onto the ground, watering all of the flowers and plants that are budding after a cold winter?  That sweet smell of the earth waking back up.  Looking out your window and watching ephemeral streams meander across the ground.  As a child, I used to love splashing in puddles and racing leaves down the asphalt rapids.

Moving Right Along at Briers Mill Run

By Margie Noonan and Ashley Parker

 

You may remember our most recent DNR blog post from December in which we reported on our stream cleanup with GEMS students from William Wirt Middle School, in Riverdale, MD. While winter has slowed down our outdoor restoration efforts, our staff has been hard at work coordinating with engineers and local community members on the process for rebuilding Briers Mill Run and two of its outfalls that have become a danger to the community.  The Anacostia Watershed Society selected KCI Technologies to come up with a design that will stabilize the erosion occurring around the outfalls and improve the Briers Mill Run riparian corridor behind William Wirt.

AWS Partners with GEMS to Clean Briers Mill Run

By Ashley Parker and Alecia Donaldson

Goats to the Rescue!

By Ashley Stanton and Chris Myers

The AWS Community Stormwater Improvement Project

By: Ashley Stanton, Restoration Project Manager

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