Our ultimate goal is a swimmable and fishable Anacostia River. Through the various programs carried out by our Public Affairs, Environmental Education, Stewardship, and Recreation teams, AWS is inching toward the goal. Stormwater runoff is the biggest contributor to the pollution to the Anacostia River. It carries all kinds of pollutants from impervious surfaces such as roofs, roads, parking lots--even lawns. The volume and velocity of this concentrated runoff flowing into stream scours the streambed and erodes stream banks, sending tons of sediment into the river, and eventually the Chesapeake Bay. As growth creates more pavement and other impervious surfaces, we increase this damaging flow. We all pollute the Anacostia with our roofs, roads, parking lots, and lawns.
To restore the river, we need to reduce stormwater runoff, as well as the fecal bacteria, trash, and chemicals that pollute the water. The good news is, you can help! Here are a few ways to help protect and restore the Anacostia River:
The Anacostia Watershed is huge--176 square miles!--and you can help out even more with groups in your own neighborhood. Use this map to find out which subwatershed you live in:
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Here are links to some of the subwatershed groups in our area:
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