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Saturday: River Cleanup and Dragon Boat Lessons

Saturday: River Cleanup and Dragon Boat Lessons

This week's rain and wind have carried lots of trash into our rivers. Why not kick start your holidays with a cleanup in the Potomac?

Saturday: Paint Branch Trash Cleanup

Surfrider Foundation and the Anacostia Watershed Society are teaming up this weekend to clean up Paint Branch. Join us on Saturday, November 20, from 10 am to 1 pm. Please sign up for the Paint Branch event prior.

Paint Branch flows through Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. In 1974, Paint Branch was designated as Natural Trout Waters by the state of Maryland, and the stream supports a population of Brown Trout. This cleanup will help protect this fragile habitat, and stop the trash from flowing downstream.

Meet in the Acredale Park parking lot (first lot on the left after you turn onto Metzerott Rd from Route 1). Dress for cold weather and mud (long pants, sturdy shoes, etc). Cleanup supplies and snacks provided. 

'Rivers of the World' Student Art Exhibit Opens Tuesday, Inspired By Anacostia River

This unique art exhibit/event was sent to us by the U.S. Department of Education:

To help recognize International Education Week, eighth- and ninth-grade student artworks inspired by Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia River will be on display beginning Tuesday, November 16, in the lobby of the U.S. Department of Education alongside student artworks illustrating London's Thames River. Six public schools from both D.C. and London are represented in the show.

The exhibit is part of the British Council's Rivers of the World project, linking schools and more than 2,000 13-14 year olds around the world through a common theme: their city's river.  D.C. students contributed artwork portraying the Anacostia.  The project is sponsored by The (London) Mayor's Thames Festival in partnership with the British Council and supported by the HSBC Education Trust.

DPW to Begin Collecting Leaves Monday, November 8

This story comes to us from Linda Grant of Alert DC:

City-Wide Plastic Bag Usage Down; Is the Anacostia River Bag Tax the Reason?

The "Save the Anacostia River" Bag Tax might actually be working.  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that plastic bag usage is down all over the District by about 60%, which seems to be a direct result of the city charging customers five cents per bag. 

Here is an excerpt from the WSJ report, which can viewed on the Wall Street Journal's website:

With Rent Strike Over, Marbury Plaza Apartments in Anacostia Ready for Change

Changes are coming to the Marbury Plaza apartment complex in Anacostia.  After years of major problems, from units covered in mold to electrical outages, the building is primed to make tons of renovations after the buildings' owners agreed to supply five million dollars for repairs, ending a rent strike by residents that lasted two years.  Marbury Plaza is a set of two high-rise apartment buildings located in the 2300 block of Good Hope Road in Anacostia.

The settlement money will be used to help fix the buildings' air-conditioning, heating, and security systems.

Marbury Plaza has been around since 1968, when it constructed with the hopes of being a place where the young, up-and-comers in Anacostia could live at a higher rate than other buildings in the neighborhood. 

However, since then, Marbury Plaza has deteriorated as the buildings' owners ignored residents' quibbles.