The Anacostia River touches countless communities, winding through Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and Washington, DC before flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. This vital natural resource has suffered from generations of neglect, but the promise of a healthy and clean river is within reach. Dedicated to the restoration of the watershed, Anacostia Watershed Society mobilizes the community to stop new pollution, restore natural systems, and rebuild the community's relationship to the Anacostia River. Through hands-on service learning, it engages thousands of local students each year in planting wetland vegetation and cleaning up the shores; and it advocates on the river’s behalf, seeking better stormwater controls and smarter green development. AWS also provides opportunities for adults to become Watershed Stewards – reducing stormwater, installing rain barrels and green roofs, and becoming advocates in their communities. Thousands work with AWS to restore and clean the watershed through year-round volunteer events. Canoe and pontoon tours, biking and kayaking, and other environmentally-friendly activities remind all local residents of the pleasure that (clean) rivers can bring. Your stewardship, and support, is the next essential resource.

Headquarters: MD-Prince George's County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+); All

Population(s) Served: All; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Students

Schools They Work In: We work with more than 50 schools through DC, Prince George's, and Montgomery Counties each year.

  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   7500
  • Number of clients served in outdoor education programs (students/others) annually:   3000
  • Acres of land / miles of river protected or preserved annually:   12

Awards & Recognition

1992 — United Nations Achievement Award
1992 — Sierra Club Outstanding Achievement Award (Sierra Club)
1994 — Excellence in Environmental Education (National Environmental Education Foundation)
1999 — President's Volunteer Action Award (Office of the President of the United States of America)
2000 — Friend of the Potomac Award (Friends of the Potomac)
2006 — Argosy Foundation and etown E-chievement Award
2009 — U.S. Senate Certificate of Special Recognition
2012-2015 -- Rated 5 Stars by Charity Navigator


Budget (FY2015)

  • The current budget for Anacostia Watershed Society is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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