Anacostia Watershed Society

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About us

Founded in 1989, the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to restore and protect the Anacostia River and its watershed communities. Over the past 27 years, AWS has grown and developed from a small group of concerned individuals into an award-winning non-profit that is deeply involved in a cause that affects many different communities within the the Washington, D.C. metro area.

To date, AWS has engaged more than 100,000 adults and youth in our programs. With volunteers, we have planted more than 44,000 native trees, shrubs, and plants; eradicated 58 acres of invasive non-native plant cover; removed 1,233 tons of trash and debris from the river (and 11,266 tires); created more than 2.5 million square feet of green roofs and bioretention area to annually treat millions of gallons of stormwater runoff each year. AWS has educated and engaged more than 33,500 watershed students and trained 970 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.

Volunteers are always needed to assist with various outdoor projects including tree planting, trash pick-up, invasive plant removal, and wetland planting. Professionals with experience in non-profit fundraising and/or communications work are welcome to help with the identification and solicitation of funding sources, grants management, and the development of strategic information and fundraising campaigns.


Contact information

Date Founded: 03/01/1989

Government ID number: 52-1666511

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Phone: 301.699.6204

Fax: 301.699.3317

4302 Baltimore Avenue, Bladensburg, MD, 20710, US

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