Freshwater Mussel Restoration Workday

From 04/04/20 9:30 am until 04/04/20 1:00 pm
Freshwater Mussel Restoration Workday

*Physical Level of Effort: Low*

Note: This event is weather dependent

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Meeting Location: For this Mussel Restoration Workday, we will split into 2 groups to go to 2 different sites. During registration, you will have the opportunity to select which group you would like to be a part of:

  • Group 1We have reached maximum capacity of volunteers for this event. Our next mussel event will be on Saturday, May 2nd! Click here to learn more.
    • Meeting Spot: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Pond: 1550 Anacostia Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20019 (map)
      • The Deanwood Metro Station is also 0.5 miles away from this location (about an 11 minute walk)
      • Parking is available at this location
  • Group 2We have reached maximum capacity of volunteers for this event. Our next mussel event will be on Saturday, May 2nd! Click here to learn more.
    • Meeting Spot: Kingman and Heritage Islands Park: 575 Oklahoma Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002 (map)
      • There is ample parking available at this location in RFK Lot 6 (this map shows where we will meet)
      • There is ample bike parking available and the site is also accessible by the X2 bus or a mile walk from the Stadium-Armory metro station.

Description: Volunteers will help AWS with a Freshwater Mussel Restoration Workday at 2 different sites throughout the Anacostia River Watershed! In 2015, we started surveying the native species of freshwater mussels in the Anacostia River to understand their diversity and abundance. In 2018 we started a mussel propagation project partnering with a mussel hatchery run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Virginia collecting local broodstock from the Anacostia River. Volunteers are critical to keep this project going and to meet our goal of enhancing mussel populations to increase their water filtration capacity to help clean our river. Mussel restoration workdays involve building, installing or maintaining the floating baskets where we culture our mussels or other protective structures associated with the baskets; and monitoring the growth and survival of the mussels every other month. 

Physical Requirements: This event will likely involve lifting, bending, and walking in mud wearing boots or waders. Participants will be expected to wear closed-toed shoes for the duration of the event. These events may not be suitable for those with health issues. If you think any of the physical requirements will be problematic, please let us know.

Registration is required. Please register at least 2 days prior to the event date you chose to volunteer in order to receive additional information regarding proper clothing, etc. 

For more information, contact Emily Castelli at [email protected] or call 301-699-6204 x103.

Coronavirus Precautions for AWS Volunteer Events (as of 3/10/2020)

With reported cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. and the virus being declared a public health emergency, the Anacostia Watershed Society is taking precautionary measures to protect our staff and volunteers, while continuing with our volunteer events and monitoring the situation closely.   We ask that you help stop the spread.

  • Practice good hygiene before, during, and after the event.
    • Wash your hands often; bring your own personal hand sanitizer.
      • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol.
      • Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Avoid personal contact with others. (hand shaking, hugs, etc.)
  • Please do not sign up for an event at this time:
    • If you are sick.
      • We will have many other great events you can attend.
      • Please stay home and do not come to an event if you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness or until you are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
      • If you appear to be sick upon arrival to the event or become sick during the event, you will be asked to leave.
    • If you have traveled or live with someone who has traveled through/to the countries on the restricted travel CDC list…
      • Please wait a period of 14 days following your/the individual’s return to the United States before signing up for one of our events.
    • If you have been exposed to COVID-19 domestically, at home, internationally, or anywhere…
  • If you discover that you have contracted or have possibly been exposed to COVID-19 up to 14 days after attending one of our events…
    • We would appreciate your sharing this information with our Chief Operating Officer at [email protected] so that we can request precautionary measures be taken for all who attended the event. We will maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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*Physical Level of Effort: Low*

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