Get Your Hands Dirty Helping Clean Up the Anacostia Watershed

Last month I wrote about National Public Lands Day, and it got me thinking.

Why not try and make it a monthly feature, giving area apartment renters an opportunity to check out local organizations dedicated to cleaning up the environment? And better yet, write about ones that let you take part in the cleanup?

So with this in mind I give you the Anacostia Watershed Society headquartered in Bladensburg. The organization was founded in 1989 by concerned citizens (like you) who decided that the Anacostia River and its watershed needed some serious environmental attention. And over the past 20 years, the group has “expanded significantly to encompass efforts in environmental education, stewardship, and recreation” while “engaging the community through public affairs.”

Anacostia River Fishing (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters via Flickr)

Take me to the river: The AWS offers several ways for interested outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy some fun time on and around the river, including boating, hiking and fishing programs. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters via Flickr)

But what does the Anacostia watershed encompass? To find out, take a look-see at this map.

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That’s right, it encompasses quite a bit: 176 square miles, most of the eastern part of Washington, D.C., and large swaths of Maryland’s Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.

The society hosts many educational and stewardship programs. Through them, you can take part in activities like invasive plant management, native plant restoration, river and community cleanups, trash traps, planting green roofs and AWS Earth Day.

If you want to participate in these programs and help protect the river and her watershed, check out their calendar.

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On Saturday, October 18, from 9 a.m. to noon, you can help clean up either Briers Mill Run or Wells Run. And on Sunday, October 26, from 9 a.m. to noon, you can take part in the Nash Run Trash Trap Cleanup.

But it’s not all work and no play, as the organization offers recreation as well (they don’t specify, other than paddle nights, which activities are free. Contact them directly and find out).

Most importantly, if you live in the Anacostia watershed, say, Capitol Hill, and want to help protect it, the Anacostia Watershed Society gives you the means to do so.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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