Funding Available For DC Green Roofs


Rebate helped fund this green roof atop the Mary Graydon Center at American University.

If you haven’t already heard, the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) is once again providing rebates, at $5 per square foot, for green roofs to qualified applicants for the third consecutive year! The Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) is administering the program for DDOE and believes this is a great opportunity to help people cover some costs of their proposed green roofs as well as an opportunity to reach out to those unfamiliar with this technology all in an effort to help restore the watershed.

Eagle Scout Candidate Caps Off 2011 Tree Planting

Eagle Scout Candidate Trung Vo brought out Troop 904 from Arlington, VA to plant 106 native trees in Magruder Park in Hyattsville, MD.  Their effort will cap off our tree and shrub plantings for 2011 at a total of 857, our most ever!  Check out the video above for even more detail, and consider joining us to help out at one of our upcoming volunteer events.

Happy World Soil Day!


A "sediment beach" at Bladensburg Waterfront Park that appears during low tide on the Anacostia River.

Soil is one of our most basic natural resources; it is the sustenance of biodiversity and our food.  And, without biodiversity, there is no clean water!  As you all know, the loss of top soil caused by water erosion -- caused by poor land management -- is one of the main reasons why the Anacostia River is in the shape it's in.  Check out this cool video, and more related videos can be found here.

Baltimore Aquarium Conservation Team visits AWS

ACT staff with Stewardship Team Masaya presenting at Nash Run Trash Trap
Aquarium Conservation Team staff at Bladensburg Waterfront Park (above) and visiting the Nash Run Trash Trap (below).

On Monday, my fellow Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer Laura Cattell brought her Conservation Team at the National Aquarium in Baltimore down for a visit.  We had the pleasure of introducing them to our watershed, engaging them in some cleanup work and sharing trade secrets.

As we always do, we highlighted the historic quality of the Anacostia River -- how much life in the early colonial period of this area depended on the river -- as well as showing our organization's approach to the challenges we face today.  Our guests were amazed when Eric mentioned that prior to agricultural development and unsustainable settlement, Bladensburg was a bigger port than Baltimore!

My Chesapeake Conservation Corps Experience


Chesapeake Conservation Corps crew built 19 wet-beds to help AWS with native wetland plant propagation for our various restoration projects.

Fulfilling my role as Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer at the Anacostia Watershed Society has been an amazing experience. Over the course of the year I have learned a lot about AWS, the Anacostia and Chesapeake Bay watersheds, and environmental restoration. I plan to use the skills and knowledge I’ve strengthened to continue on this career path with AWS as I am now their Advocacy Associate!


Final result of volunteers removing an invasive non-native species, bamboo, and planting native trees along a stream bank.

Students from Mt. Rainier Elementary School Collect Seeds of Native Plants

By: Carey Goldman, Stewardship Fall Intern

I Never Knew Planting Trees Could Be So Much Fun!

By AWS Volunteer Katie Huber


Katie Huber Planting Trees with AWS

**Originally Posted on Katie Huber's blog "D.C. Student Guide to Environmental Action" on October 17, 2011.  Check out her blog to see what else she's been up to!**

This Saturday I volunteered with the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) at Magruder Park in Hyattsville, Maryland. I was really excited all week about going to plant trees, yet when my alarm went off at 7:45 am I really wondered why I was doing this to myself. But, I’m so glad I got myself up and out the door. I can honestly say that planting trees with AWS is one of my favorite experiences in DC so far!

Collapsing Infrastructure - the Power of Concentrated Stormwater Runoff in Streams

 


April 28, 2011: Highly Exposed Sewer Pipe was identified
by AWS, in the Takoma Tributary of Sligo Creek in
Prince George’s County, Maryland.

 


August 9, 2011: This pipe was fine or there was no change

until this time.

 


August 17, 2011: A portion of concrete was peeled off.

From Seeds to Unique Habitat – AWS Interns help collect native plant species to restore wetlands and meadows

By  Emily Stransky, Fall Stewardship Intern

ANA-11 on 11.11.11

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