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.

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.

AWS Partners with GEMS to Clean Briers Mill Run

By Ashley Parker and Alecia Donaldson

The AWS Fall 2013 Goat Round-up!

By Ashley Stanton

Last week, AWS employed two herds of goats to begin eating kudzu along Nicholson St. and the Northwest Branch in Hyattsville.  Kudzu is an invasive vine that takes over native plants and destroys wildlife habitat.  We couldn’t be happier with the results of this effort!  Not only did the goats reduce the invasive biomass by more than half, they entertained the surrounding community and reconnected the residents to their local watershed.

Goats to the Rescue!

By Ashley Stanton and Chris Myers

AWS' Internship Opportunities


Our Summer Interns from last year (from left to right, Alexandra, Jason, Mike, Mallory and Juvencio) after a morning of hard work in the tidal wetlands of the River.

There hasn't been a better time than now to become an AWS intern! Our organization is growing, we have new exciting programs and projects; and a dedicated and amicable staff that works hard at cleaning and restoring the Anacostia River and its watershed. This year we have 12 internship (unpaid) positions available for the spring and summer:


  • Arborist Intern (1 position)
  • Meadow Restoration Intern (1 position)
  • Stewardship Interns (3 positions)




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