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Anacostia Community Boathouse    Bioswale Work Sessions 


Welcome to the bioswale information page.  ACBA work sessions in the bioswale usually happen on the

last Sunday of the month (with exceptions to schedule around boathouse events).    


   See Bioswale Work Sessions summaries for 2023 here.     for 2022 here (EOY Summary)     For 2021 here.


            Every day is EARTH DAY!

Next Bioswale Work Session

Sunday, September 24, 2023 

Postponed due to weather: moved to OCTOBER 1, 2023



Got questions?  Here's who to ask:         

               Mary Ellsworth (marysellsworth@gmail.com)  

Jim Smailes  (jasmailes@gmail.com)



Love our Juniors! 


  Typical tasks for bioswale work sessions:

 Remove invasive species

 Pick up recyclables & trash

 Clear & mulch around shrubs and tree fences

 Plant new trees, shrubs or herbaceous plants

 Move driftwood


Volunteers - it helps to bring tools such as rakes, clippers or sturdy trowels.  

Remember to bring water, hats, gloves, long pants and protective footwear.




 Bioswale Visionboard presented for 2021 AWS Earth Day Site Leaders' Orientation


A Natural VS Overgrown shoreline - Why we do it!


See the CRC article about the EARTH DAY event at ACBA 


Here is a slide show of the August 2017 Work Session.  


WAMU's great article on the Anacostia River:  Anacostia Rising 




Bioswale Work Sessions are mostly scheduled for the last Sunday of the month,  9:30am-noon


       Sundays unless noted 

         Saturday, March 18, Gonzaga Day of Service

         March 26  Kick off - build the tool shed

         Friday, April 21  Cypress Creek Renewables - Earth Day Celebration

         Saturday, April 22 AWS Earth Day Clean up, and Wakefield HS rowers

         Tuesday, April 25 Academy of Holy Cross Day of Service work

        Sunday, May 21  with Capital Juniors & other program volunteers

        June 25

        July 30

        Aug. 27

        Sept 24

        Oct 29

        Nov 12  tentative 




  Tool Donations


Thanks to Andy Sohn for the donation of a small chainsaw!

THANKS to ACBA for providing two big wheelbarrows.   

THANK YOU to Gonzaga Parents for providing the Bioswale Tool Shed!

THANK YOU to JoAnn Andriko for donating trenching shovels and a pick axe!  



Kudos to the volunteers who keep the edge of our river healthy and looking beautiful!   


We  have truly the most amazing volunteers!  


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