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Anacostia Watershed Society

Bladensburg, MD | http://www.anacostiaws.org
Joined in August 1999

About Us

Since its founding in 1989, the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) has worked to attend to the environmental needs of the Anacostia River and its watershed communities. Over the past 30 years, AWS has grown and developed from a small group of concerned individuals into an award-winning $3 million non-profit that is deeply involved in a cause that affects many different communities within the 176 square mile region of the Washington, D.C. metro area.

The Anacostia Watershed Society's mission is to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed by bringing partners and communities together to achieve a clean and safe Anacostia River for the benefit of all living in its watershed and for future generations.  As part of its mission, AWS is invested in local areas, working with schools and students throughout Washington, D.C. and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, engaging them in an experience that educates them through hands-on service and allows them to play a part in the continuing improvement of the Anacostia Watershed. In addition, AWS serves as a voice for the river; advocating for and actively involving itself in policies, actions, and programs that protect its ecological health, improve water quality, and work to mitigate the negative effects of stormwater, bacteria, and trash.

Throughout AWS's existence, much progress has been made. The river has been subjected to heavy pollution for centuries and considered unfit for fishing and swimming for decades. It was once littered with trash and the wetlands had been almost entirely destroyed. With the work of the Anacostia Watershed Society and help from others, we are now at a point where it is possible to look away from past devastation and focus on the future. The organization works towards a “Waterway to 2025” and envisions a future where the river is swimmable and fishable by 2025. 

In addition to employment opportunities, 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.

Since its founding in 1989, the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) has worked to attend to the environmental needs of the Anacostia River and its watershed communities. Over the past 30 years, AWS has grown and developed from a small group of…

Issue Areas Include

  • Children & Youth
  • Community Development
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Volunteering

Location & Contact

Current listings by Anacostia Watershed Society

Volunteer +LocationDate Posted
Board Member Opportunity: Development Committee ChairBladensburg, MDDecember 9, 2020

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