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 by bringing partners and communities together to achieve a clean and safe river for the benefit of all living in its watershed. Our ultimate vision is to restore and sustain the Anacostia as a swimmable and fishable river for the health and well-being of all by 2025 and beyond. Over the past 30 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.
Since our founding, AWS has engaged more than 115,000 adults and youth in our programs. With volunteers, we have planted more than 51,850 native trees and plants, eradicated 60 acres of invasive plant cover, restored more than 20 acres of wetland habitat, removed 1,354 tons of trash and debris from the river (and 12,239 tires), and 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 47,575 watershed students and trained 1,444 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.
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 by bringing partners and communities together to achieve a clean and safe river for the…