wooded banks of the Anacostia River are within sight of the DC National
Armory, but feel a world away. The DC Metro's orange line passing
is just one mark of human interference of these peaceful
Until Saturday, the park was covered in years worth of trash.
a project sponsored by the Anacostia Watershed Society, members of the
and their families took a Saturday morning to help clean the area
Kingman Park in Washington, DC.
Herriot, a civilian employee in the environmental office, has been
the event for three years. Her daughter, Tiana, age eleven, has
for every year. Some of the most energetic volunteers were some
the youngest. Major Daniel Fulford of the 74th Troop Command set an
of community service with his sons, Daniel and Marcus, and his
the DCNG group contributed over forty man-hours of service.
volunteers stated that their favorite part of the event was interacting
other community groups. The area was sponsored by the electric company
who was generous with the neon green shirts they gave their employees
the event. Other volunteers in the area included employees of Accenture
DC Public Schools as well as volunteers from the Audobon Society and the
Anacostia Watershed Society was founded in 1989 by a small group of
individuals who decided that the environmental needs of the
River and its watershed communities required serious attention.
watershed clean-up was followed by an Earth Day Celebration in