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 […]

M Street Corridor Redesigned?

By Southwester Staff The Southwest BID, Capitol Riverfront Bid, and DDOT (funding provided by all three) are doing two new studies: the M Street Non-automotive Planning Study; and (2) the SE-SW Mobility Study. The studies will focus on looking at “mass transit, micromobility (bicycles, scooters, and other small, low-speed personal vehicles), an improved pedestrian environment, […]

Southwest Welcomes New Feathered Neighbors!

By Denise Rennis Many Southwest residents have been thrilled to see the new neighbors that have moved into our newly revitalized Duck Pond. A mother mallard (known as a hen) and her 10 ducklings have taken up residence on one of the new island habitats that were recently installed.  Here, the babies will stick close […]

SW Library Receives Two Cherry Trees

By Mike Goodman On March 27, the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Southwest Library held a dedication ceremony honoring the planting of two cherry trees in the library‚Äôs park, adjacent to the playground. The ceremony was held exactly 109 years after the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to […]

Banneker Park Undergoes a Major Facelift

By Matt Koehler Towards the end of January, Southwesters likely noticed that the trees around Banneker Fountain at L’Enfant Plaza had been cut down. The Southwester noticed the community chatter, so we looked into it to find some answers.  Banneker Park and Fountain are getting a much needed upgrade, which should be completed early next […]