Anacostia Watershed Blog

Storm Drain Murals of 2017

By Maureen Farrington

Storm drains are the fast lane for our urban stormwater to reach the Anacostia River. And when that drain looks just like a curb, it can be hard to remember that the hole in the road is a direct line to one of our most precious natural resources. 

Since our earliest days, the Anacostia Watershed Society has worked to restore this connection. We've been stenciling storm drains since our inception, making this vital aspect of a heathy environment stand out. Here's a blog post from 2014 about this work. It's interesting to see the evolution of our designs!

This year, our storm drain project went into full steam, and we created a map so you can check out these new murals in person!

Prince George's Council Declares 2018 the Year of the Anacostia

We can't wait for a banner year for the Anacostia River, and we are delighted to see local jurisdictions helping to make it even better! Prince George's County Council passed a resolution declaring that 2018 will be the Year of the Anacostia. Many thanks to Council Member Danielle Glaros for introducing it!  Read the full copy below.


2017 Legislative Session

A RESOLUTION concerning ‘The Year of the Anacostia’

For the purpose of declaring the administrative policy of the Prince George's County Council for designation of calendar year 2018 as “The Year of the Anacostia.”

WHEREAS, the Anacostia River watershed stretches across 176 square miles, and runs through large portions of Prince George’s County; and WHEREAS, the Anacostia watershed is home to nearly 500 species of fish, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates; and

Prime Property

By Jim Foster, AWS President

View of the Anacostia River and RFK Stadium from August 2017.

As communities around the country scrambled to pitch themselves to Amazon for a potential second headquarters (HQ2), the District of Columbia submitted four potential sites to the ecommerce giant – two of them on the banks of the Anacostia River.

Both sides of the soon-to-be-remodeled South Capitol Street Bridge near the mouth of the Anacostia offer Amazon the chance to bookend the Anacostia River.

Further upriver, the area around the former D.C. General, near East Capitol Street, is a massive riverside site already being primed for redevelopment.

Anacostia Watershed Society Announces 2017 Anacostia River Heroes

Heroes will be honored Monday, October 2nd at Annual Countdown to 2025 Reception

Washington DC, September 25, 2017 – On Monday October 2nd, the Anacostia Watershed Society will recognize five extraordinary individuals who have led efforts to restore the Anacostia River. The 2017 Heroes will be honored at the Norfolk Southern Club at Nationals Park overlooking the Anacostia River, with a gala reception that will raise funds for our 2017 Countdown to 2025 Campaign.

Supporters of the Countdown to 2025 Campaign will reestablish 10 acres of riverside meadows, tree canopies, and native plant gardens to support the wildlife, plants, pollinators, and human communities that depend on these natural spaces.

Restoration Transformation

See the impact of years of our work!

By: Jorge Bogantes Montero

This blog post is a round-up of the wetland restoration posts that appeared on the Anacostia Watershed Society Facebook page through the summer.

Anacostia Watershed Society Unveils Latest River Restoration Project

University Park Elementary School and Riverdale Elementary School Retrofitted with State of the Art Green Infrastructure

Washington DC, September 5, 2017 – The Anacostia Watershed Society, in partnership with the Prince George’s County Public Schools, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the leadership of University Park Elementary School, today unveiled comprehensive redevelopment of the school grounds incorporating storm water Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will manage and treat stormwater.

Call For Artists:

Storm Drain Mural Project to Emphasize Our Connection to Local Waterways

Stormdrains on 17th St NW painted in 2017.


AWS is seeking artists to create designs and paint murals on a total of 20 storm drains in a variety of locations near the Anacostia River. The goal of these murals is to raise awareness of storm drains as a connection to our local waterways. Selected artists will receive a commission of $775 per storm drain. Materials (paint and brushes) will be provided. Designs are due by 5pm on September 15th. Mural installation will take place in October 2017.



·         Designs should incorporate an environmental theme and include the text: #TrashFreeDC 

 600 Pairs of Helping Hands Work to Restore the River’s Wetlands

By Maddie Koenig, AWS Environmental Educator

This spring the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) had the pleasure of working with more than 600 students from 13 different schools across the watershed!    

Invasive Species Mayhem in the Forests of the Anacostia River

You may have wondered why are there so many leafless trees in mid-summer along the Anacostia River. The short answer is EAB. That is, Emerald Ash Borer. It is a beetle scientifically known as Agrilus planipennis, first detected in North America in 2002. It was accidentally introduced from Asia most likely as a hitchhiker in wood packing materials. If you ask us what’s our worst invasive species in the Anacostia River watershed, EAB is definitely on top of that list. EAB is the poster child of a highly invasive species, a nonnative species that causes ecological and economic harm, and in the case of EAB the impacts are evident and well documented. 

Treating and Teaching: Stormwater Stewardship 

A model program to engage students, teachers, and groundskeepers in Prince George’s County

By Tara Baker, Chesapeake Bay Trust; Edited by Maureen Farrington

students in the yard

The Prince George’s Department of the Environment (DoE) recognizes that schools are key sites for stormwater management projects because they have large parking lots and roof tops that create a high volume of stormwater runoff. Schools are also central hubs for citizens and students, making them ideal demonstration sites for public awareness. Therefore, schools provide a unique opportunity for Prince George’s County to connect the stormwater projects installed on school grounds with the environmental curriculum that supports the State’s Environmental Literacy graduation requirement.



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