Anacostia River Trail Dedication

On Friday, November 4, 2011, an incredible numbers of government officials came to Bladensburg Waterfront Park (BWP) to cut the ribbon on the latest segment of the Anacostia River hiker/biker trail.  The Northwest and Northeast Branch trails used to meet and then end at BWP, but a new 1.5 mile section has opened that runs nearly to the DC border.  This is part of a plan to create a full Anacostia River trail that connects Maryland to DC!  (DC is building north along National Park Service land on the river and we hope the trails will be connected within two years.)  I think this trail will be a game changer for perceptions of the Anacostia River, and for commuting patterns in the northeastern quadrant of the metropolitan area.

Overview Map of Anacostia River Trail planned improvements

Chesapeake Bay Trust helps AWS educate more than 200 students

This spring, the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) enabled the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) to educate more than 200 area students in their three-part environmental education programs.  CBT funded a program that partnered AWS with Live It Learn It, a local nonprofit focused on bringing hands-on education to DC students.  Together, AWS and Live It Learn It educators taught students about the Anacostia River both in the classroom and during pontoon field experiences.  Students and their teachers also took part in trash cleanups at Bladensburg Waterfront Park after learning the importance of keeping trash off the ground and out of the river!

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