Anacostia Watershed Society (Bladensburg, MD)


  • Name:Ms. Emily Conrad
  • Title:Development Manager

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Address:4302 Baltimore Avenue
    Bladensburg, MD 20710
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:3016996204
  • Main fax:3016993317

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Anacostia Watershed Society is to restore and protect the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores, and honoring the heritage. Our ultimate goal is to make the Anacostia River swimmable and fishable, in compliance with the federal Clean Water Act.

  • Overview:
  • The Anacostia River Watershed is a 176-square-mile area that encompasses the eastern half of Washington, DC, northern Prince George's County and eastern Montgomery County in Maryland. The tributaries that run through the watershed area surrounding our nation's capital flow into the tidal Anacostia River in Bladensburg, Maryland, which then flows into the Potomac River in Washington, DC and ultimately empties into the Chesapeake Bay.

    AWS's core programs include: Public Policy & Advocacy: AWS influences policies and resources favorably towards the restoration of the Anacostia River, resulting in a swimmable and fishable river, with a particular emphasis on enhanced stormwater controls, reduction of trash inputs, and increased attention to remediation of toxics impacting the river. Stewardship: AWS engages community members of all ages in stewardship action to restore the health of the Anacostia River, create wildlife habitat, produce sustainable built and natural environments, and foster a sense of stewardship to protect the river among watershed residents. Environmental Education: AWS increases awareness, knowledge, skills, and a sense of stewardship among watershed residents that will result in changes in both present and future behavior positively affecting the health of the river. Recreation: AWS engages community
    members in recreational activities in the watershed to increase their awareness of the river, foster their enjoyment of nature, and motivate them to further their stewardship of the river.

  • History:
  • In earlier times, the Anacostia River was a broad, meandering waterway with more than 2,500 acres of wetlands and animals filled its marshes. In the 1980s, the Anacostia River was written off as hopelessly polluted. Today, the Anacostia's condition has upgraded from critical to very serious, with a prognosis that it is becoming cleaner and healthier thanks to the determination of AWS, community members, and other organizations who actively collaborate with us in the restoration of the watershed. However, stormwater runoff, sewage contamination, trash, non-native invasive plants, soil erosion, and uninformed daily actions are all problems that continue to plague the Anacostia River, its watershed communities, native plants, and wildlife. AWS works to address these challenges by advocating for policy and regulatory changes; providing hands-on educational experiences to raise awareness and promote positive stewardship behavior; engaging individuals in safe recreational activities to develop their connection to the river; and eliciting stewardship action that restores habitat to improve the river's water quality.

    Community involvement is critical to our success. To date, AWS has engaged more than 100,000 adults and youth in our programs. With volunteers, we have planted more than 33,500 native trees, shrubs, and plants; eradicated 58 acres of invasive non-native plant cover; removed 1,194 tons of trash and debris from the river (and 10,965 tires); created more than 100,000 square feet of green roofs and bioretention area to annually treat more than 4 million gallons of stormwater runoff each year. AWS has educated and engaged more than 31,900 watershed students and trained 894 teachers from Maryland and DC to present our watershed curriculum to their students. With our partners, we have helped win lawsuits that have resulted in a significant decrease in sewage, stormwater, and trash in the Anacostia River.

    In 2014, AWS improved the Anacostia River's water quality by removing 48 tons of trash and debris, managing the installation of more than 44,000 square feet of green roofs, planting 25 native trees and 1,283 wetland plants, removing approximately 2 acres of invasive plant species, and establishing 1 acre of riparian meadow. AWS increased awareness by educating 1,940 students from public and private schools in DC and Maryland through our three-part, service-learning programs. We provided Anacostia Watershed Education Teacher Training to 107 K-12th grade teachers so that they will have the ability to provide meaningful watershed education programs to additional students and integrate watershed education within the standard curriculum.

  • Year established:1989
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:16
  • Advisory board size:4
  • Staff size:27


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:52-1666511

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  • EIN:521666511
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Organization Address:4302 BALTIMORE AVE
  • Organization City:BLADENSBURG
  • Organization State:MD
  • Organization Zip:20710-1031
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:May, 1990
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):350
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C320
  • Asset Amount:$1,552,989
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,508,796
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,508,796
  • Last Updated:3/21/2018 7:23:21 pm

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