Tell Prince George's County Council It’s Time For a New Day

Tuesday, June 14, at 11:30am, in room 2027 of the County Administration Building, the Transportation, Housing and Environment (THE) Committee of the Prince George's County Council will consider a bill that will impact development and redevelopment in the county for a generation. Tell the committee that the time for low standards in Prince George's is over! The county deserves the best and should demand it from developers as part of our path to greatness.

The Northeast Branch during normal flow (top) and during a significant rain event (bottom).

Make Your Voice Heard on Quality of Life in Prince George's County

This Thursday, June 9, 2011, at 10:00am in room 2027 of the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro, the Prince George's County Council will hear CB-15-2011.  This bill will set standards for stormwater management on future developments in the county.  What's at stake?  Whether the county will build green or build gray.

June 9 - Prince George's County Council committee hearing on stormwater bill

The Prince George's County Council is once again taking up the issue of stormwater management, after voting to table needed legislation in the fall.  (The county is currently out of compliance with state law and has been for over a year.) 

Stormwater is the polluted runoff that comes from roofs, roads, and parking lots when it rains, carrying trash, debris, and pollutants into storm drains that empty directly into the Anacostia River.  Polluted stormwater runoff flows into the Anacostia from parking lots and other impervious surfaces in developed areas because current county law does not require adequate stormwater management.  These insufficient stormwater management requirements mean that developers get to build projects without properly accounting for the stormwater runoff and water pollution generated by their projects.  If sewage treatment plants, factories, and other polluters have to clean up their pollution, why do we let developers get away with water pollution that kills our streams and floods our communities?  Remember, existing development has caused existing problems.

Toxics Cleanup Community Meeting Wednesday, May 11

AWS and its partners in the Toxics Team invite you to a community meeting regarding the cleanup of the Pepco Benning Road site.  The lead sponsor is Toxics Team member DC Environmental Health Collaborative, led by Dr. Janet Phoenix.

Pepco Benning Road Location

Please feel free to attend this event or contact Brent Bolin at [email protected] with any questions.  Additional information can be found below.

The DC Environmental Health Collaborative is hosting an important meeting about something that may be affecting your family’s health.


AWS Files to Intervene in Pepco Cleanup Suit

Pepco Benning Road - identified toxic site

Today the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS), Anacostia Riverkeeper (ARK), and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are filing a motion to intervene in the District of Columbia's suit against Pepco regarding cleanup of the Benning Road facility.  Over the years, toxic chemical spills at the facility have created a serious pollution problem that impacts the health of the river and the health of the communities living near the Benning Road facility. 

Our First Ever State of The River Report Card Released

The Anacostia Watershed Society and Anacostia Riverkeeper are proud to announce the release of our first ever State of the Anacostia River report card.  This annual report card is your guide to how well our communities, environmental groups, and, governments are doing in making the Anacostia River fishable and swimmable.  We will be mailing thousands of copies to members and elected officials starting this week.

Click here to download a PDF of the report card:  2010 State of the Anacostia River

Check out the in-depth online version with additional information on the Anacostia Riverkeeper website.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Anacostia River cleaned up, no need for action by elected officials

BLADENSBURG, Md. - Today the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) is proud to announce that after 22 years of efforts, the Anacostia River is cleaned up and we can all stop caring about it.

"We are thrilled to announce that the Anacostia River is cleaned up and that our elected officials don't need to do anything else to help," said AWS President Jim Foster.  "There is no longer a need to enact effective policies like the DC bag bill, so Montgomery and Prince George's Counties can quit worrying about it.  In fact, don't even bother coming to our Earth Day Cleanup and Celebration on April 9."

Foster produced the following list of things local elected officials no longer need to worry about:

ACTION ALERT: Call and write NOW to support the bag bill

It was only a matter of time before industry flexed its financial muscle to defend their polluting plastic bags.  Yesterday bag bill opponents swamped the Maryland House of Delegates with computerized "patch through" calls that connect constituents directly to their legislators. This is likely funded by industry so who knows what they are telling constituents before they connect them with legislators.  Last year the American Chemistry Council (plastics lobbying group) and manufacturer Hilex spent an estimated $2 Million to defeat the California bag bill.  Now someone is waving money around Maryland to defeat a public policy that we have seen work well in DC.

They should be catching fish, not plastic bags!

AWS Action Alert: Ask legislators to pass MD bag bill out of committee

Last week we had excellent hearings on the Maryland bag bill in both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly.

Trash Free Maryland alliance members and other proponents had a wealth of information on our side:

District Announces Consent Decree at Pepco Benning Road

Anacostia Watershed Society has for decades advocated for the cleanup of legacy toxic sites along the river, with the campaign heating up again recently.  This renewed campaign reached another milestone on February 2, 2011 when the District announced that it had reached an agreement with Pepco regarding toxic pollution at the Pepco Benning Road plant.



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