Anacostia Watershed Blog

From AWS Executive Director Jim Connolly:

Here is a link to an article from the New York Times that deals with the concept of zero trash.  Nantucket, among other locations, is very aggressively promoting recycling, composting and trash reduction as a way to reduce landfill volumes, prevent greenhouse gas emissions from landfill off-gassing, and to save money: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/20/science/earth/20trash.html?em

On Monday, October 19, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced a new bill aimed at bolstering environmental recovery and protection for the Chesapeake Bay.  The Chesapeake Bay Regional Restoration Act will provide $1.5 billion dollars in federal spending on the effort.  Read more in this article from The Capital.

AWS and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation invite you to attend a launch event for the Chesapeake Bay Regional Restoration Act at Sandy Point State Park.  Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will host the gathering introducing this new legislation to U.S.

On October 8, the County Council in Kauai County, HI, voted to ban distribution of plastic carryout bags at retail establishments.  Under the provisions of the bill, only biodegradable plastic, 100% recyclable paper, or reusable totes will be available at checkout counters.  Read more about the new law at http://tinyurl.com/yhdsoyk.

Check out these photos of a Mile-a-minute weevil (Rhinoncomimus latipes) and the leaf damage it and 499 of its friends presumably caused to this invasive plant species after an August release at Magruder Park in Hyattsville.

On August 21, 2009, AWS Conservation Biologist Marc Imlay and Mr. Robert Trumbule released 500 of these beetles to control invasive Mile-a-minute (Persicaria perfoliata) at Magruder Park in Hyattsville, MD.  AWS Stewardship Intern Leena Chapagain found two of the beetles, including the one pictured, during a follow-up visit on October 5.  This is AWS's first foray into biological invasive control efforts.

Mile-a-minute weevil (Rhinoncomimus latipes) observed on 10/5/09 at Magruder Park. Weevil damage observed at Magruder Park, Hyattsville, MD.  10/5/09

 

If you missed AWS at the DC Green Festival on Saturday (10/10) you still have another day to drop in and say hello.  Sunday's festival highlights include a talk by Dr. Cornell West at 1PM.  Journalist Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!) will get things started on the Main Stage at noon!  See you there, and don't for get to buy an AWS Bike Raffle ticket on your way through! Visit www.greenfestivals.org for more info.

AWS has updated its look!  Hope you enjoy the new Web site. 

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