Breaking News: Potential Oil Spill on the Anacostia

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Yesterday evening an oily substance was discovered covering a large section of the surface of the Anacostia River.  DC Fire Department crews were on the scene from 6:00pm Monday night until 2:00am Tuesday morning working to contain the spill.  The spill stretched from Bladensburg Road in Prince George's County, Md. to the 11th Street bridge near the Washington Navy Yard in DC.  Containment booms were deployed to keep the substance from spreading, but they didn't catch any pollution so they were removed this morning.  According to local news sources, initial tests show the substance is petroleum-based.  The US Coast Guard and the District Department of the Environment are investigating the situation. 

Gearing up for Fall Tree Planting Season

The first round of trees are ready and waiting.

The fall tree planting season is coming into view and we here at AWS are getting ready for it.  Now, we still have a little over a month and a half before weather conditions are just right, but the planning stages are already underway.

Support the Highways Bee Act

What is the Highways BEE Act?

The Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Act, H.R. 2381, or Highways BEE Act is a national legislation that was introduced in the House of Representaatives during the National Pollinator Week, on June 23, 2011.  The Highways BEE Act proposes important economic and conservation benefits through integrated vegetation management (IVM) practices on Federal and state highway right-of-ways (ROWs) managed by State Departments of Transportation (DOTs).  There are about 17 million acres of ROW's where the proposed reductions in mowing and maintenance could reduce costs for State Departments of Transportation.  No new monies are requested and the proposed bill is actually designed to save $$$ for states.

Four Great Native Summer Wildflowers for your Garden

Written by: Laura Menyuk, AWS Summer Stewardship Intern

With heat indexes hovering in the triple digits in the Washington region -- which Washington Post readers  have affectionaly called the “sweat ceiling” -- it seemed a better day to contemplate a garden, then to actually be out in one... the kind of garden that can beat the heat and looks nice as you contemplate safely from your air conditioned home.

Here at AWS we've had many indoor activities to keep us busy as we prep our historic office home, the George Washington House, for the bicentennial celebrations of the War of 1812.  This home is beautiful and serves the important purpose of helping us restore the Anacostia Watershed and its natural historic heritage.  Unsurprisingly, the flowers in our front yard rain gardens, with less hype and t-shirts, do the same.  Here is some information about four amazing wildflowers we have in our two raingardens that are currently in bloom.

Snakehead Invasion in the Anacostia Watershed

Written by:  Michael Fusi,  AWS Stewardship Intern



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