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 EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The EmeraldPlanet TV programs are available to view on our website, YouTube, UStream TV, and social media around the world. The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.

The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with:  major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience. The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 143 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.

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 Happy, Production Crew, Program Team, and volunteers for your outstanding commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we create The EmeraldPlanet… 
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