A graduate of Waseda University in Tokyo with a degree in chemical engineering, Masaya leads the collection and analysis of data that provides the scientific basis for all of AWS’s river restoration, advocacy, and education efforts. His innovative trash trap design led to a body of data that helped support passage of the D.C. Bag Bill, local Styrofoam bans, and bottle deposit initiatives. Masaya came to AWS from Japan, where he had worked for the government of the Mie Prefecture. Masaya is currently our longest serving employee and the institutional “memory” of the Anacostia River.