Anacostia Watershed Society Blog

We have been saying that mussels are river filters and that they help clean the water. But, what do scientists say about that? Let's find out! Even though the science…
This week we had the pleasure of hosting educators from Bladensburg High School, Fairmont Heights High School, and Parkdale High School, as well as representatives from the William S. Schmidt…
It's that time of year again! We are busy planning our summer 2019 Maryland Master Naturalist program!  This year's program will take place on Saturdays from 8:30am - 4:00pm; from…
Happy New Year! In 2018, volunteering was critical to make this project a reality. Whether it was for building mussel baskets, exclosures, monitoring, or for general maintenance, volunteers played a…
Freshwater mussels were once highly diverse and abundant throughout the country. Especially on the east coast and the deep south, in that vast Coastal Plain region full of streams, rivers…
One way the Anacostia Watershed Society cleans the water before it gets to the river is through meadow restoration!  Riverside meadows help control flooding and provide a specialized habitat for…
This week our mussels traveled again!   After adjusting to life at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (KAG), we transported 40 of our eastern pondmussels (Ligumia nasuta) to two elementary schools in Washington,…
The tidal hydrology of the main stem of the Anacostia River, as well as its location in the lower part of the watershed, have been historically a curse when it…
This past summer, we were proud to host the first Maryland Master Naturalist program in Prince George's County!   20 dedicated individuals (pictured below) joined us to learn more about what leaps,…
About a week after we deployed our original stock of two mussel species in August (2018), we were lucky to add a new species to our mussel stock, the Eastern…
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