Anacostia Watershed Blog

Join AWS, Patuxent Riverkeeper, Clean Water Action, and other Prince George's County activists
Monday, September 12, 2011 at 6:30pm, at the Anacostia Watershed Society offices in Bladensburg, the Prince George's Clean Water Coalition will hold a kickoff meeting to connect with other county activists regarding campaign efforts for clean water in the county.
Anacostia Watershed Society
4302 Baltimore Ave
Bladensburg, MD 20710

Gearing up for Fall Tree Planting Season

The first round of trees are ready and waiting.

The fall tree planting season is coming into view and we here at AWS are getting ready for it.  Now, we still have a little over a month and a half before weather conditions are just right, but the planning stages are already underway.

Support the Highways Bee Act

What is the Highways BEE Act?

The Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Act, H.R. 2381, or Highways BEE Act is a national legislation that was introduced in the House of Representaatives during the National Pollinator Week, on June 23, 2011.  The Highways BEE Act proposes important economic and conservation benefits through integrated vegetation management (IVM) practices on Federal and state highway right-of-ways (ROWs) managed by State Departments of Transportation (DOTs).  There are about 17 million acres of ROW's where the proposed reductions in mowing and maintenance could reduce costs for State Departments of Transportation.  No new monies are requested and the proposed bill is actually designed to save $$$ for states.

Down by the River - AWS Paddle Nights Already a Big Success!

A full canoe from our last Paddle Night

Earlier this summer AWS decided to take the plunge and start holding regular Paddle Nights on the Anacostia River the same way other river groups have been in the larger Chesapeake Bay watershed.  We really weren't sure what to expect, but with relatively little effort, we've generated tons of interest and participation.  After just two events, we've already had about 80 people down to paddle and we're expecting lots more for our next event this Wednesday, August 3rd (5:00pm - 8:00pm). **8/3/11 2:30pm EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to rain heading our way tonight, we're postponing Paddle Night until tomorrow, Thursday, August 4th.  Hope you can still make it!**

Draft Anacostia Park Management Plan Available

If there was a juncture where you could do something to restore and protect the tidal wetlands of the Anacostia River it is NOW!!  The National Park Service (NPS) just announced the availability of the Draft Anacostia Park Wetland and Resident Goose Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for public review and comment.

Geese eggs in the tidal Anacostia River.

Four Great Native Summer Wildflowers for your Garden

Written by: Laura Menyuk, AWS Summer Stewardship Intern

With heat indexes hovering in the triple digits in the Washington region -- which Washington Post readers  have affectionaly called the “sweat ceiling” -- it seemed a better day to contemplate a garden, then to actually be out in one... the kind of garden that can beat the heat and looks nice as you contemplate safely from your air conditioned home.

Here at AWS we've had many indoor activities to keep us busy as we prep our historic office home, the George Washington House, for the bicentennial celebrations of the War of 1812.  This home is beautiful and serves the important purpose of helping us restore the Anacostia Watershed and its natural historic heritage.  Unsurprisingly, the flowers in our front yard rain gardens, with less hype and t-shirts, do the same.  Here is some information about four amazing wildflowers we have in our two raingardens that are currently in bloom.

Prince George's County Passes Stormwater Bill!


The Short Version

On Tuesday, July 19, 2011, Prince George's County Council took an important step forward by unanimously passing a new stormwater ordinance (CB-15-2011).

Our biggest champions were Transportation, Housing and Environment (THE) committee chair Eric Olson (District 3) and THE member Mary Lehman (District 1); both worked hard to improve the bill after the original draft of CB-15 handed down by County Executive Rushern Baker was a disappointment to environmental and community organizations.

Streambank erosion in Paint Branch (College Park) caused by severe stormwater flows
Streambank erosion in Paint Branch (College Park) caused by severe stormwater flows

AWS Participates in an International Garlic Mustard Field Survey

Written by Mallory Shramek, AWS Summer Stewardship Intern

The Day the Anacostia River Turned Orange

June 30, 2011 - Sediment laden water flows into the Northeast Branch

CB-15: A good compromise for clean water?

On June 20, the Prince George's County Council's THE committee approved a set of modest improvements to CB-15, the stormwater management bill.  Don't believe what you are hearing from County Executive Baker and certain council members that this a "good compromise."



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