Anacostia Watershed Blog

 

AWS Releases 2014 Anacostia River Report Card & State of the River Report

AWS staff regularly monitors the water quality of the Anacostia River and, from our data, creates a report card which is your guide to how well our communities, environmental groups, and governments are meeting the goal of a fishable and swimmable Anacostia River, per the terms of the Clean Water Act. Our goal is to provide a benchmark of progress, create accountability for decision makers entrusted with the health of the river, and point to the most effective solutions to restore it.

Despite again earning a failing grade for water quality, we know that the Anacostia River can be made fishable and swimmable by 2025 and have plans in place to accomplish that goal.

Kudzu Removal: Next Steps

By Ashley Parker

In the fall of 2013 and in the spring of 2014, AWS brought in Eco-Goats to attack the kudzu infestation along the Northwest Branch in Kirkwood Park of Hyattsville, MD.  As discussed in an AWS blog written on November 26, 2013, Kudzu is a non-native vine that is very aggressive once it becomes established in a natural landscape.  It establishes quickly, and is very difficult to eradicate.  The goats were a good tool for AWS land managers, as they reduced the thick biomass at the site which has paved the way for the next important steps in managing kudzu at this site.

The Anacostia Water Trail is Officially Open!

Introducing Anacostia Fun Runs!

 

Update: Online Survey and Public Meeting Announced for Anacostia River Sediment Project


February 2014. Meeting hosted by AWS and other members of United for a Healthy Anacostia River coalition regarding cleanup of toxics. Let’s grow this crowd for the meeting in June (details below)!

Progress continues to be made for the Anacostia River Sediment Project with District Department of the Environment (DDOE) officials recently announcing two important opportunities for public involvement. Get your keyboards ready and mark your calendars!

You can:

Toxics Cleanup Efforts: A Review of Past and Present Activities


Click on the image for a larger view. Map showing study area of the Anacostia River Sediment Project. Specific locations (in orange) are also identified for past and ongoing efforts. Provided by Tetra Tech in draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan.

There has been a lot of recent activity on the issue of toxics in the Anacostia River so this is an excellent time to provide updates along with some background information on each of the projects.

Support Proposed Ruling to Strengthen Clean Water Act!
 


Anacostia River.

Yesterday marked the official start of a 90-day public comment period for a proposed rule on the Clean Water Act (CWA) published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps). This proposal more clearly defines which waters are protected under the CWA closing some loopholes in the law for wetlands and streams. For the Anacostia River watershed, this could mean that there would be no doubt that the wetlands and seasonal streams that support the river are protected under the law ensuring smart land use and development near those areas.

Yours – Mine – Our Stormwater

By Margie Noonan and Ashley Parker

Tap. Tap. Tap. Tip-tap. Tip-tap tip-tap tip-tap…

Don’t you love those spring mornings when you get up and hear the soft rain pattering down onto the ground, watering all of the flowers and plants that are budding after a cold winter?  That sweet smell of the earth waking back up.  Looking out your window and watching ephemeral streams meander across the ground.  As a child, I used to love splashing in puddles and racing leaves down the asphalt rapids.

Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species, in the Anacostia Watershed...??

Yes, indeed. Even in our highly urban watershed there are still some valuable biodiversity gems in need of conservation. Even though it is evident that a bulk of the species of plants and animals occurring in the Anacostia River watershed are widespread in the region and are “secure” to “apparently secure” according to NatureServe’s conservation status ranking system. But, with a decent area of natural habitats protected as public parks there’s got to be some “valuable” (conservation-wise) species rare species, and there are indeed.

Moving Right Along at Briers Mill Run

By Margie Noonan and Ashley Parker

 

You may remember our most recent DNR blog post from December in which we reported on our stream cleanup with GEMS students from William Wirt Middle School, in Riverdale, MD. While winter has slowed down our outdoor restoration efforts, our staff has been hard at work coordinating with engineers and local community members on the process for rebuilding Briers Mill Run and two of its outfalls that have become a danger to the community.  The Anacostia Watershed Society selected KCI Technologies to come up with a design that will stabilize the erosion occurring around the outfalls and improve the Briers Mill Run riparian corridor behind William Wirt.

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