By: Alecia Donaldson
On October 25th, Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) had the pleasure of hosting our first Citizen Monitoring event in the Wells Run and Sligo Creek subwatersheds of the Anacostia River. AWS, the Center for Watershed Protection (CWP), and the Friends of Sligo Creek (FOSC) joined forces to educate volunteers on the impacts of illicit sewage discharge on our streams and train them to help detect and report these occurrences.
What is Illicit Discharge?
By Jim Foster, President
The cleanup, restoration, and revitalization of the Anacostia does not happen because of one politician, organization, donor or person. It happens because many people, organizations, and governments are working together, rising to the challenge, and making the connections to support the work.
Tuesday, Nov. 4 is Election Day. And make no mistake about it, the Anacostia is on the ballot.
Who we elect in the District and Maryland has a direct effect on the Anacostia. It is these policy makers -- local, state, and national -- who will set the pace and help us find the resources for the next phase of cleanup. We have come a long way in our 25 year campaign for the Anacostia, but little of it would have been possible without strong laws and their enforcement and the active commitment of elected officials.
By: Maureen Farrington, Membership Coordinator
The Anacostia Watershed Society congratulates the 11th Street Bridge Park for choosing as its winning design "Anacostia Crossing" by the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and Olin Studio. This is a bold new statement for the Anacostia River, an environmentally-sound and elegant design that dramatically builds on the efforts of so many through the years to make our river healthy and beautiful.
By: George S. Hawkins, General Manager of DC Water
Kingman Island, Northeast Washington, D.C.
The Anacostia Watershed Society is thrilled that the Washington Nationals are in the 2014 MLB playoffs! You can hear President Jim Foster in two spots on CBS Radio, 106.7 The Fan, running before the next five playoff games. (Hopefully it won't go to 5 games!)
Listen to the ad by clicking on the icon to the right, or right click to download.
Boston’s Charles River just received an A- grade from the EPA. The annual one-mile open-water expert swim sold out again, and for the second year in a row the community swim event was a smashing success. See photos!
View from the Anacostia River of the Pepco Benning Road power plant being deconstructed. Photo credit Masaya Maeda, Anacostia Watershed Society.
Many people do not think about where water goes after it hits the street and enters a storm drain. Our goal as an organization is to raise awareness and then empower individuals to make a positive impact on their local streams. Strorm drain murals help address the critical first step of raising awareness and helping people to understand that no matter where they are in the Anacostia Watershed their actions have a direct impact on the Anacostia River.
We recently painted 10 storm drain murals in the Brookland neighborhood of Northeast DC with the help of students from Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter School. Local artists designed the murals and the students assisted with the painting.
Map of the Washington Gas - East Station site near Water Street SE showing locations of stockpiles and truck traffic. Provided by the National Park Service.
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