Volunteers Step Up to Keep Anacostia Waterways Clean

By Southwester Staff The Anacostia Riverkeeper’s Clean Waterways program works to bring communities together and advance the goals of clean water and a swimmable, fishable Anacostia River. This spring, new efforts to keep the watershed free of trash and debris kicked off across Southwest DC.  Anacostia Riverkeeper and the Mandarin Oriental hotel kicked off cherry […]

District Water Quality Report Gives Southwest Waterways Passing Score 

By Beth Hall  Since 2018, over 300 volunteers collected more than 1500 water quality samples from Washington, DC rivers and tributaries used for recreation.  Through this data collection, the DC Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring program determined that, as in most urban watersheds, the presence of rainfall contributes to higher bacteria levels in DC surface […]

Southwest Organizations Urge Action on Climate Change

By Asia Thomas and Wilma Goldstein                                                On Monday, December 6, 2021 three Southwest organizations came together virtually to co-host an event designed to move people toward action on climate change. Members of Waterfront Village, our local aging-in-place organization, and the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly’s Aging in Style Task Force, along with a delegation of students from […]

Anacostia Watershed Society Announces New President

By Southwester Staff The Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) has tapped an international conservation leader as their new President and CEO, appointing Christopher E. Williams after an extensive national search. Williams most recently served as the Senior Vice President for Conservation at American Rivers. He previously held senior leadership roles at World Wildlife Fund and began […]

Pop-up Arboretum Hanging Out in Lansburgh Park

By District Department of Transportation Staff DDOT Urban Forestry Division and Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) are collaborating on a new initiative, a pop-up arboretum in Lansburgh Park, launching around August 2. The pop-up arboretum is a temporary exhibit of nineteen notable trees ranging from a young paw paw tree to mature yellow buckeye trees. […]

Pop-up Arboretum Coming to Lansburgh Park

By District Department of Transportation Staff DDOT Urban Forestry Division and Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) are collaborating on a new initiative, a pop-up arboretum in Lansburgh Park, launching around August 2. The pop-up arboretum is a temporary exhibit of nineteen notable trees ranging from a young paw paw tree to mature yellow buckeye trees. […]

Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring in Our Neighborhood

By Beth Hall Working together to understand the health of District of Columbia waters, the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) awarded a grant to Anacostia Riverkeeper to implement a volunteer-based, citizen science water quality monitoring program with the goal of providing up-to-date, weekly water quality data to residents and visitors. This information can be […]