Anacostia Watershed Society (Bladensburg, MD)


  • Name:Ariel Trahan
  • Title:Environmental Educator

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

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  • Main phone:301-699-6204

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Anacostia Watershed Society is to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores, and honoring the heritage. The vision is to make the Anacostia River and its tributaries swimmable and fishable, in keeping with the Clean Water Act, for the health and enjoyment of everyone in the community. Community involvement is critical to achieving this vision and AWS seeks win-win solutions through strong partnerships and coalitions, with all parts of the community, government, and other stakeholders. Core to our work is reaching out to, educating and engaging the next generation of decision-makers, our youth. We want the Anacostia River- the other river flowing through our nation's capital- to be a clean and healthy place to live and visit once more.

  • History:
  • The Anacostia Watershed Society, the first organization to target the protection and restoration of the Anacostia River, was incorporated in 1989. To date, AWS has engaged more than 73,000 adults and youth in our programs. With volunteers, we have planted at least 29,000 native trees, shrubs, and wetland plants; removed more than 50 acres of invasive non-native plant cover (thus saving many more acres from further infestation); removed more than 900 tons of trash and debris from the river (and 9,400 tires); stabilized 310 feet of severely eroded shoreline, and stenciled more than 1,200 storm drains with the message “Don’t Dump-Anacostia River Drainage.” AWS has educated and engaged close to 18,000 watershed students and trained an additional 400 teachers from Maryland and Washington, DC to present our watershed curriculum to their students. And, with our partners, we have successfully won lawsuits that are resulting in a significant decrease in sewage and storm-water in the Anacostia River.

    The organization’s grassroots organizing efforts have created an enlightened community of citizen stakeholders who are aware of their connection to the natural world and who work to promote environmental and social healing throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. AWS’s work in urban and suburban school systems has contributed much to the development of an informed and empowered generation of young people.

    With our continued commitment to the local environment and your support, AWS’s next 20 years of service on the river looks hopeful and bright.

  • Year established:1989
  • Endowment:Unknown


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  • Staff size:18


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
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