Pushing through the soil to the sun

Pushing through the soil to the sun
March 20, 2020 by: Jim Foster

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Hello my friends,

First of all, I hope you and your loved ones are in good health and high spirits. The last few days have been a whirlwind, and it's hard to stay engaged without becoming overwhelmed. But looking out my window, I see flowers in bloom and hear birds singing their spring songs. On this spring equinox, our way of life may be disrupted, but I find reassurance that mother nature continues her course.

Although spring is here, we've decided the safest thing for our species is to continue our winter hibernation. With that in mind, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our Earth Day Cleanup to Saturday, October 3rd. Even with the headiness of the vernal equinox in the air, I'm already hoping for crisp fall air to greet us that day!

I want to give a big thank you to our Earth Day site leaders who responded enthusiastically to this news, and, like us, are looking forward to a fall event. These folks stepped up to make their communities better, and their passion to keep going adds to the Anacostia Watershed Society's unceasing momentum for a better future for our river.  

The incredible staff here at the Anacostia Watershed Society is thinking creatively about ways to keep us together during the pandemic.  Stay tuned for more news about plans for a Virtual Earth Week in April, including activities you can do to help the Anacostia River, celebrate Earth Day, and get outside while keeping safe within CDC guidelines.

In the meantime, we're still moving forward on our goals for a cleaner Anacostia River. We are adapting to the circumstances and continuing to make a positive impact in the watershed. Up in the photos above you can see that a few staff members completed a RiverSmart Communities planting at St. Gabriel's Church this week, and you can expect to see more of this on social media and in our weekly eBlast with our new campaign #AnacostiaRiverStrong. As I've said before, we look to the Anacostia River for inspiration and motivation, and we know there are so many of you who are also working to make the Anacostia Watershed a better place. We understand this is a difficult time for many, but we need your support now more than ever. Donate today to sustain our work while we weather this storm. 

Just like our river, we are strong and resilient. I hope everyone is taking steps to stay safe, and I trust that we will get through thiss. Thanks to our hard-earned perseverance, I know we will come through stronger than ever.

For the river,
Jim Foster, AWS President

Jim Foster

Jim Foster

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