Anacostia Watershed Blog

River Health and Recreation Public Forum

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Time: 9am - 11am
Location: First District Police Station, 101 M Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024

Are you a recreational user of the Anacostia River?
Do you paddle, boat, row, or fish on the Anacostia?

If so, you should plan to attend this open public forum on River Health and Recreation. A panel of public health and environmental experts will make a brief presentation, followed by an open question and answer period. The panel will feature government officials and health experts including:

Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail Extension Under Construction

Historic photo of a trolley running on the future hike/biker grade in Hyattsville, MD 

Not everyone knows it yet, but AWS is starting to focus on recreation in a big way. We're firm believers that recreation leads to stewardship and vice versa. Of course, that all fits in with our main mission which is to clean the water, recover the shores and honor the heritage of the Anacostia River.

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)


Stewardship Team presents the new "Species Special"

New Species Special series! First edition: Tulip poplar

We are excited to announce our new spotlight series, called the Species Special. Each episode, we're going to highlight one of the species (be it a woody plant, herbaceous, wetland, a combination, etc.) that we at Anacostia Watershed Society favor in our conservation work, that are native to the Chesapeake Bay watershed and have high value for wildlife, streambank stabilization, nutrient reduction, or any number of other benefits that our projects yield.

This edition is on the Tulip Poplar, or the liriodendron tulipifera. This species's native range goes from southern Illinois east to New England, and as far south as Louisiana and Florida. It is the state tree of Indiana, Kentucky, AND Tennessee.

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)

Funding Available For DC Green Roofs

Rebate helped fund this green roof atop the Mary Graydon Center at American University.

If you haven’t already heard, the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) is once again providing rebates, at $5 per square foot, for green roofs to qualified applicants for the third consecutive year! The Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) is administering the program for DDOE and believes this is a great opportunity to help people cover some costs of their proposed green roofs as well as an opportunity to reach out to those unfamiliar with this technology all in an effort to help restore the watershed.

Happy 2012 from your AWS educators!

AWS Rice Rangers ready to restore the wetlands!

Volunteer with the AWS crew; Saturday's cleanup at Indian Creek was a success

This Saturday, AWS partnered with Citizens to Conserve & Restore Indian Creek (CCRIC) in Beltsville for an extremely productive and fun cleanup. We collected more than 825 pounds of bagged trash, 435 pounds of large trash items, and 250 pounds of tires.  In the video, AWS Volunteer and Membership Coordinator Maddie Koenig talks about the day's progress, Vicky of CCRIC shares about the work CCRIC does, and I share a bit of what we've done in the past year as a whole!

Eagle Scout Candidate Caps Off 2011 Tree Planting

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.

UPDATED: Draft consent decree announced for Washington Gas toxic site

On December 12, 2011, the District Department of Environment (DDOE) announced, along with its federal partners, the entry of a draft consent decree regarding clean up of the Washington Gas toxic site along the Anacostia River. 



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