The Anacostia River used to have another name – “Eastern Branch of the Potomac River”. The name “Anacostia” evolved from a tribe of Native Americans who settled along the river. These Native Americans were called the Anacostan or Necostan Indians. This River was their home.
The Anacostia Watershed encompasses approximately 176 square miles in Montgomery, Prince Georges Counties and parts of Washington, D.C. The Anacostia River has been polluted from development, inadequate infrastructure and more. Joint efforts between government agencies, local businesses, and private organizations are working to clean up the River.
For the second year, Akridge committed to a Day of Service along the banks of the Watershed. Over sixty eager employees, including Chairman John Akridge, showed up to make a difference.
Everyone eagerly listened as the team from the Anacostia Watershed spoke. They shared a map depicting the Watershed and the improvements made to date. While there is more to do, the results are impressive.
Instructions were given so everyone was clear about what needed to be cut and removed.
It was now a meadow with native plants sporadically blooming and beautiful. Everyone was eager to get started. The need to make a difference was real. I think we might have encouraged a few employees to embrace nature.
Utilizing the tools provided by the watershed, everyone got to work. Using machete’s, pruners, field rakes and more, the enthusiasm was amazing. Trees, vines, and shrubs were chopped, dug up and piled quite high. The piles of debris were moved closer to the banks. Trash was picked up from the parking lot to the field.
Before the Day of Service was completed, the Akridge employees gathered for lunch. Experiences of outdoor adventures, including bird watching, on and off the river were shared. A certain level of bonding took place.
This Day of Service at the Anacostia Watershed went smoothly. Committing to keeping the environment along the Watershed clean was enjoyed by all. What a wonderful way to give back to the community.
How do you help keep the local environment clean? What is your personal commitment to volunteer for clean up efforts within your community? Share your comments by responding directly to this blog post.
To find out more about the Anacostia Watershed, click here. To find out about the history of the Anacostia River click here.