AWS Press Room

Official press releases and media advisories from the Anacostia Watershed Society can be found below. AWS encourages media representatives to contact us with questions about any of these items or for additional information, quotes, and perspectives on environmental issues relating to the lands, waters, and communities of the Anacostia River, the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region, and the Greater Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Media Contact: Mike Bento,; (202) 291-3110

2017 Press Releases and Media Advisories

9/5/2017 - Anacostia Watershed Society Unveils Latest River Restoration Project

6/7/2017 - Anacostia Watershed Society Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for Fourth Consecutive Year - Only 11% of Charities have Ever Received Four Consecutive 4 Star Ratings

5/4/2017 - Anacostia Watershed Society Releases 2017 State of the Anacostia River Report Card - Improvement Across Almost All Water Quality Indicators -AWS Issues Special “Behavior Threatening Promotion” Warning

3/28/2017 - Anacostia Watershed Society Expands Watershed Education Program in Prince George’s County

3/17/2017 - Anacostia Watershed Society Submits Comments on Anacostia Park Draft Management Plan, Encourages NPS to Maximize Natural Area, Natural Systems

2/24/2017 - Anacostia Watershed Society Applauds Passage of the Fisheries & Wildlife Omnibus Amendment Act of 2016

1/27/2017 - Anacostia Watershed Society Starts 2017 with New Leadership Team and New Board Members

1/11/2017 - Anacostia Watershed Society Will Be Beneficiary of Love Trumps Hate Rainbow Bash

2016 Press Releases and Media Advisories

1/12/2017 - Anacostia Watershed Society Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of Anacostia River Trail

10/11/2016 - EPA Awarding $1.3 Million to Revitalize America’s Urban Waters and Surrounding Communities

10/10/2016 - Anacostia Watershed Society Anuncia el Primer "Festival del Río Anacostia": Un evento ambiental/cultural dedicado a conectar a la comunidad latina con el río Anacostia y su restauración.

10/10/2016 - Anacostia Watershed Society Announces the First "Festival del Río Anacostia" (page 2 for English)

9/21/2016 - Anacostia Watershed Society Launches "Countdown to 2025" Campaign First Year Goal to Raise $150,000 to Restore 12 Acres of Vital Wetlands

9/16/2016 - Anacostia Watershed Society Announces Enrollment for 2016 Watershed Stewards Academy

7/8/2016 - Anacostia Watershed Society Position on Development Projects

6/29/2016 - Anacostia Watershed Society Releases 2016 State of the Anacostia River Report Card

6/14/2016 - Anacostia Watershed Society Appoints Two New Members to Board of Directors Adds Expertise in Environmental Policy, Philanthropy and Financial Management

6/1/2016 - DOEE Announces Winners of Inaugural “RiverSmart Innovation” Grant Competition: A total of $156,500 will fund nine community-based stormwater projects

5/19/2016 - Anacostia Watershed Society Christens New Boat: “Lotus Bloom” joins fleet in time for summer cruises

5/18/2016 - 11th Street Bridge Park and the Anacostia Watershed Society Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grants

5/17/2016 - Environmental Groups Move to Force Pepco to Act on Anacostia River Pollution Cleanup

4/27/2016 - Rain Doesn’t Dampen Anacostia Watershed Society Clean Up - More than 2600 volunteers braved a rainy day to clean up the Anacostia River Pic1 Pic2 Pic3

3/21/2016 - Anacostia Watershed Society Applauds Release of Sediment Study - Important milestone toward a final plan for the cleanup of legacy pollutants in the Anacostia River.

3/16/2016 - Anacostia Watershed Society Featured in Nature Conservancy Video: Classrooms across America will learn about innovative green technology projects in the Anacostia Watershed

2/17/2016 - Anacostia Watershed Society and the DC Department of Energy and the Environment Announces Five New RiverSmart Schools for 2016

1/27/2016 - Anacostia Watershed Society Statement on the FBI Headquarters Relocation

1/13/2016 - Anacostia Watershed Society Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for Third Consecutive Year

2015 Press Releases and Media Advisories

 10/15/15 - New Docks Installed on Anacostia River: Paddlers and canoers can now access Kingman Island as recreational use of the Anacostia River continues to grow

 10/1/15 - Anacostia Watershed Society Launches “Future Is Now” Campaign: Campaign for the final phase of the Anacostia River restoration to become swimmable and fishable by 2025

 8/7/15 - “Ground-Healing” Held at Hyattsville Church: Innovative project will treat 2 million gallons of stormwater a year, preventing damaging run-off to the Anacostia River and Chesapeake Bay

 4/27/15 - Thousands Turn Out To Clean the Anacostia River, Celebrate Heroes

 4/1/15 - Anacostia Watershed Society Headquarters Receives SITES® Certification for Sustainable Landscapes

2014 Press Releases and Media Advisories

 10/1/14 - EPA, Anacostia Watershed Society Launch Clean Water Program in Elementary Schools

 8/12/14 - Anacostia Watershed Society to Host 25th Anniversary Celebration “Then, Now and Beyond” on September 22, 2014

 6/11/14 - Anacostia Watershed Society Releases 2014 State of the Anacostia River Report Card

 6/5/14 - Anacostia Watershed Society and Governor Martin O'Malley Unveil Anacostia Water Trail

 5/8/14 - Media Advisory: Anacostia Watershed Society Employs Herd of Goats as an Eco-Friendly Way to Remove Invasive Plants Around Anacostia Watershed

 4/24/14 - Anacostia Watershed Society Employs Herd of Goats as an Eco-Friendly Way to Remove Invasive Plants Around Anacostia Watershed

 3/21/14 - Media Advisory: Anacostia Watershed Society Attracts Thousands to Join Forces and Cleanup Anacostia River

 2/24/14 - Anacostia Watershed Society to Host Annual Earth Day Cleanup Volunteer Event on April 5

 2/18/14 - Anacostia Watershed Society Celebrates 25th Anniversary

 2/14/14 - Anacostia Watershed Society Announces 2014 Riversmart Schools in Washington, D.C.

 2/10/14 - Media Advisory: Anacostia Watershed Society and Scrap DC Partner to Turn Harmful Plants into Art


2013 Press Releases and Media Advisories

11/7/13 - Anacostia Watershed Society to Educate Elementary School Students on Eco-Friendly Kudzu Removal Featuring Herds of Goats

11/18/14 - Anacostia Watershed Society and Coca-Cola Partner to Provide Third Grade Students with Hands-On Environmental Education Opportunity

12/16/13 - Anacostia Watershed Society Debuts Water Trail Map and Guide for the Anacostia River


2012 Press Releases and Media Advisories

4/11/12 - Anacostia River Receives Failing Grade in New Report Card


2011 Press Releases and Media Advisories

12/12/11 - Consent Decree Announced at Washington Gas Toxic Site on Anacostia River

 10/5/11 - New Clean Water Act Permit a Step Toward Clean Rivers in DC

7/18/11 - Prince George’s County Stormwater Bill Under Fire from Developers

6/30/11 - Media Advisory: Senior Lawmakers, Leading Scientists and Clean Water Proponents to Ignore Public Health Warnings and Take the Anacostia Plunge

4/9/11 - New Report Shows Anacostia River Still Decades From Meeting Federal Clean Water Standards


2009 Press Releases and Media Advisories

9/10/09 - Media Advisory: Anacostia Watershed Society 20th Anniversary and United We Serve Campaign River Cleanup




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