Earth Day 2015 Site Sketches: Quincy Run

Site Leader: Marian Dombrowski
Contact Info: mdombros@gmail.com
Cell: 301-775-1191
Site Capacity: 200

Quincy Run is a tributary that is near and dear to the AWS staff not only for its literal closeness to our offices but because it, like many other tributaries of the Anacostia, has quite the geography and history that works for/against it.

Quincy Run begins near MD 202 and the Baltimore/Washington Parkway and runs above ground* for just over a half mile.  It begins in neighborhoods but quickly changes over to a large wooded site that receives a lot of trash due to dumping and blowing trash from people littering the roadways and businesses around the area.

Citizens Monitor for Sewage Pollution in Local Streams

By: Alecia Donaldson

On October 25th, Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) had the pleasure of hosting our first Citizen Monitoring event in the Wells Run and Sligo Creek subwatersheds of the Anacostia River. AWS, the Center for Watershed Protection (CWP), and the Friends of Sligo Creek (FOSC) joined forces to educate volunteers on the impacts of illicit sewage discharge on our streams and train them to help detect and report these occurrences.

What is Illicit Discharge?

First Volunteer Event of 2012!

AWS' volunteering and stewardship programs welcomed the new year on a beautiful, unseasonably warm Thursday this past week! Membership and Volunteer Coordinator (Maddie) and VolunteerMaryland Coordinator (Heather) worked with a group of volunteers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Riverside Neighborhood Park near Riverdale Park and Edmonston, MD.

Twenty-five volunteers worked hard to remove trash and non-native plants from the park and small surrounding stream, located right along the Northeast Branch of the Anacostia River. Nearby is also the Northeast Branch Trail, which can take you all the way from Beltsville to Bladensburg and beyond!


(Volunteer in action)

Volunteer for the Upcoming 9/11 Day of Service


George Washington University Volunteers at our 2010 Day of Service

In just a few weeks AWS will be participating for the 3rd time in the 9/11 National Day of Service.  This year we're headed back to Fort Dupont Park in Washington, DC.  We'll be helping out the National Park Service with a variety of needs including a trash clean up, an invasive plant removal, the removal a stream blockage, and creating an entirely new trail!  

For anyone who doesn't know, Fort Dupont Park constitutes DC's second largest woodland area at about 360 acres.   That makes it a very significant urban habitat and an important sub-watershed for the Anacostia River.  We're excited to be able to focus hundreds of volunteers on helping out this beautiful park.  

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