Anacostia Watershed Society members and supporters are the reason we have been able to sustain remarkable progress towards a swimmable and fishable Anacostia River! Thank you so much for everything you do to help us protect and restore the river and our neighborhood parks and streams.
As a special thank you from us, and on behalf of the critters you help protect, we made some #WatershedWildlife themed valentines for you to share on February 14! We hope you enjoy them!
By: Masays Maeda, AWS Water Quality Specialist
The pond in the Fairland Recreational Park is polluted. Our friend, Jeff Goldman, contacted us on August 20, 2016 by email. Apparently, he had been reporting the pollution to various agencies and his email was desperate.
By: Cyrus Chimento (Stewardship Intern)
Stream restoration projects have been a preferred tool for reducing pollution and gaining TMDL credits. However, it turns out that there is a shortage of data supporting the ability of stream restoration projects to reduce pollution, especially in the long-term.
The Bay Journal’s late October article, “Researchers examining effectiveness of stream restoration”, reported on the question of whether stream restoration, an expensive but favored tool of watershed improvement in Maryland, is resulting in ecological benefits that justify the investment.
By Eva K. Sullivan
What I know about the Anacostia is what others will find out soon, when the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail bike path opens in about a month. This DDOT video shows how the last segment of the trail moves north, up through Anacostia Park, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, under the New York Avenue bridge, toward Bladensburg Waterfront Park, where it will connect DC to Prince Georges County and to Montgomery County via the Northwest Branch Trail.
Escrito y traducido por Alisa Fried, AWS Pasante
By: Jim Foster, AWS President
Yesterday's Washington Post reported that the area of the Navy Yard and the Southwest Waterfront, both on the Anacostia River, is the 5th-busiest submarket for rental development in the entire United States.
By: Jorge Bogantes Montero and Maureen Farrington
This blog post is a round-up of the wetland restoration posts that appeared on the Anacostia Watershed Society Facebook page through the summer.
By: James Foster, President
Photo of the Rio shoreline 2016
The news coverage from the Olympics aquatic events is as bad as predicted – raw sewage flowing into Rio’s rivers and bays, shallows silted in with legacy industrial pollution, dead and dying fish floating by, athletes sickened by the fouled water. There was even a report that an Olympic kayaker capsized when his kayak hit a submerged sofa!
As we cheer on our athletes we should also be cheering on our own river, the Anacostia, which 25 years ago resembled the waters surrounding Rio, but today is well on its way to a stunning restoration to a swimmable and fishable river -- by Olympic athletes and everyday recreationists. We’re not there yet, but the pieces of the puzzle are in place:
By: Alisa Fried, AWS Stewardship Intern*
The presence of underwater grasses provides various benefits to the river and the organisms that live in and around it.
We have certainly been talking a lot about REI's #UnitedOutside campaign this summer! There is just so much to choose from with the activities that we wanted to highlight some special events. Here at AWS we are especially excited about series of free events happening this weekend, July 16-17, and we want to make sure that our community knows about these great opportunities!
It might be on that "other river" but it's a great chance to hone your skills for the Anacostia River!
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