Anacostia Watershed Society: Watershed Stewards Program & ‘Best Practices’ of Community-based Restoration of the Anacostia River and Chesapeake Bay [12.9.18]


  • Matthew (Matt) Gallagher, Community-based Restoration Manager, Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS)
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Program Summary:

The world-wide EmeraldPlanet International Foundation movement is linking millions of professionals and citizens around the globe through a practical community-by-community identification, evaluation, broadcasting, and promotions weekly television program and selected The Emerald Mini-Treks.

EmeraldPlanet International Foundation has continually expanded its outreach and service to all sectors of countries and local communities. It is actively identifying the “best of the best” technologies, services, products, and processes. This is the “high touch” portions of the EmeraldPlanet global movement featuring the “high technologies” through The Emerald Mini-Treks, while creating The Emerald Mall to match those inventing, creating, experimenting with, and manufacturing needed technologies. with those individuals and communities needing such technologies, services, products, and processes for sustainable, resilient, and adaptive living in closer harmony with natural surroundings..

WELCOME to join in this world-wide movement by watching The EmeraldPlanet TV programs, participating in planning for and joining in various The Emerald Mini-Treks, and linking your “best practices” to those in need on The Emerald Mall. MANY BEST WISHES as together we create The EmeraldPlanet…Dr. Sam Hancock

Our featured guests are:

  • Segment ‘1’: Matthew (Matt) Gallagher, Community-based Restoration Manager, Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS), (In-Studio), Theme: “Anacostia Watershed Society and its Watershed Stewards Academy – National Capital Region”
  • Segment ‘2’: Matthew (Matt) Gallagher, Community-based Restoration Manager, Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS), (In-Studio), Theme: “Green Infrastructure”
  • Segment ‘3’: Matthew (Matt) Gallagher, Community-based Restoration Manager, Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS), (In-Studio), Theme: “Water Quality and Macroinvertebrate Sampling”
  • Segment ‘4’: Matthew (Matt) Gallagher, Community-based Restoration Manager, Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS), (In-Studio), Theme: “Developing a Relationship with the Anacostia River”

Program Overview:

The Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) was founded in 1989 by a small group of concerned individuals who decided the environmental needs of the Anacostia River and its watershed Communities required serious attention. The “Mission” of AWS is to restore and protect the Anacostia River and its watershed communities. The “Vision” is to make the Anacostia River “Swimmable” and “Fishable” by 2025, in keeping with the Clean Water Act, for the health and enjoyment of everyone in the community. Community involvement is critical to achieving this vision and AWS seeks win-win-win solutions through strong partnerships and coalitions, with all parts of the community, government, and other stakeholders.

Since its founding, it has engaged more than 100,000 adults and youth in its programs. With volunteers, the organization has planted more than 44,000 native trees and plants, eradicated 58 acres of invasive species, removed 1,233 tons of trash and debris from the river (and 11,266 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 33,500 watershed students and trained 970 teachers from Maryland and Washington, D.C. to present its watershed curriculum to their students.

The Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) – National Capital Region program was modeled after the Watershed Stewards Academy in Anne Arundel County, MD. The WSA equips and supports community leaders to recognize and address local pollution problems in their nearby streams and rivers. WSA provides community leaders with the tools and resources needed to bring solutions to these problems, restoring local waterways, and the communities they affect. Each repair by Stewards adds up in each and every community, with a “flood” of Stewards throughout local watersheds empowered to transform stormwater to clean water; pollution to solution; and concerned residents to Master Steward. The program is funded by the (Washington, D.C.) Department of Energy & Environment, the Campbell Foundation, University of Maryland, and National Science Foundation.

Thank You Production Crew and Program Team for your commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we continue to expand our “best practices” solutions identification and reporting in our second decade. We would like to acknowledge that equipment and facilities are provided by Fairfax Public Access, Fairfax, Virginia. We thank our many viewers, supporters, and the general public for weekly feedback, ideas, and suggestions as together we create The EmeraldPlanet….Dr. Sam Hancock, Creator & Host, The EmeraldPlanet TV