Plastic foam containers collected at our trash trap in Nash Run, a stream of the Anacostia River.
By Dan Smith & Lori Baranoff
Challenged 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.
Volunteers scooping up plastic containers at our Earth Day Cleanup.
Bladensburg Waterfront Park, MD.
By: Jim Foster, President
Recently AWS received our bill from Prince George's County DER for our stormwater fee. At first we weren't sure what it was. But quickly we found the fantastic brochure in the envelope that explained in simple terms what this fee is about. I like the brochure so much, I scanned it and sent to my board with the comment "pinch me"! Of course we immediately and proudly paid the bill. This money will be used to restore our waterways by installing natural features to control rainfall.
Eagle Scout Candidate Trung Vo brought out Troop 904 from Arlington, VA to plant 106 native trees in Magruder Park in Hyattsville, MD. Their effort will cap off our tree and shrub plantings for 2011 at a total of 857, our most ever! Check out the video above for even more detail, and consider joining us to help out at one of our upcoming volunteer events.
The Anacostia River is so severely impacted by trash that in 2007 it was declared impaired by trash under the provisions of the Clean Water Act. Only the second river in the country to be so designated, and the first multi-jurisdictional river (Maryland and DC), in 2010 a trash TMDL, or pollution diet, was issued that requires Anacostia jurisdictions to reduce the amount of trash entering the river.
At the end of 2008 AWS released a scientific study of trash in the Anacostia River. One of the key findings of this study was that 33% of the trash in the tidal river was plastic bags, while nearly 50% of the trash in tributary streams was plastic bags.
By: Carey Goldman, Stewardship Fall Intern
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