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Past Community Stormwater Solutions Grants

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2020 Community Stormwater Solutions Grantees
16 grants totaling $295,002

Anacostia Riverkeeper (ARK): River Service Today, River Stewards Tomorrow ($15,320) 
ARK will organize a series of stream visits, trash cleanups, and educational activities with high school students and community members in the targeted sub-watersheds of the Anacostia River watershed in Wards 5, 6, 7, and 8. The project aims to educate students and the community about the amounts and types of litter, how it is brought to the river and shoreline by stormwater, impacts of microplastics pollution, and what students and their communities can do to lesson trash pollution. 

Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS): Building Community through Service with Anacostia High School ($15,500)
The Anacostia Watershed Society will engage 20 Anacostia High School students to improve the water quality and habitat of the Anacostia River through interactive learning opportunities and action projects in their Ward 8 community.  Through the project, students will learn about their watershed and learn why it is important to take care of the land near the river. Students will design and implement activities that focus on stormwater management, pollution prevention, and watershed restoration solutions. Through this program, students will earn up to 20 community service hours, helping them to meet graduation requirements. 

Casey Trees: Trees, Water, and You: Fostering Stewardship on Kingman & Heritage Islands ($19,972)
Casey Trees aims to provide a new perspective of the trees on Kingman and Heritage Islands for youth and adults, demonstrating how trees contribute to the natural space along the Anacostia River. The project will result in digital and print educational resources to provide readily accessible information about the trees on the islands. Casey Trees will host a Community Stewardship Day to introduce these resources in April 2021.  

City Blossoms: Environmental Education at the Farm at Kelly Miller ($20,000)
City Blossoms will engage and educate the community and students of Kelly Miller Middle School at the Farm at Kelly Miller on their local ecosystem, water pollution, native flora and fauna, and the Anacostia River. The goal of the project is to foster environmental stewardship through a sense of ownership of the local watershed and ecosystem.  

Day Eight: Anacostia Swim Club ($20,000)
Day Eight will engage DC residents in the virtual Anacostia Swim Club, which furthers the goal of a "fishable, swimmable Anacostia River” and highlights the efforts by many partners towards this goal. The project will involve virtual poetry performances through the "DC Poets for DC Schools" program.   

Designgreen LLC: Takoma Community Collaborative: Streamway to Greenway ($20,000)
Designgreen partners with the Takoma Community Collaborative to explore green infrastructure solutions through community-based design charrettes with the goal of producing a shovel ready solution to a long-term persistent flood issue. The flooding directly affects a block of single-family homes, a faith-based anchor institution, and an apartment building. The team has tried for ten years to find an existing city program that might solve the issue. Their conclusion, they must work collectively through a community process to reach a consensus design that educates all along the way and creates a cadre of students to help maintain the outcome. This effort produces materials and a process that fill a gap in the District's programs for other communities to follow. 

Endangered Species Coalition (ESC): Quincy Entrance and Woodland Improvement Project ($10,000)
ESC is the fiscal sponsor of the Rock Creek Songbirds project, a unique conservation and outreach initiative in Rock Creek Park. Now in its seventh year, the Songbirds project has made significant progress in cooperation with the National Park Service, restoring habitat and engaging residents of one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods. This project seeks to protect and expand a woodland area adjacent to a neglected major entrance to the park – known informally as “Quincy alley” -- while enhancing public recreation space. The new Songbirds project will see the installation of a natural play space and picnic tables, native tree plantings, and regular programs to make the Quincy alley area a vibrant community and park space. 

Friendship Public Charter School: Friendship Collegiate Academy Giving Tree ($20,000)
Friendship Collegiate Academy will create the “Giving Tree,” an artistic vertical garden structure that celebrates and gives life while providing students a “living” platform for scientific discovery. The project will support Collegiate as it engages students and the communities in which they reside. It will also provide a platform to study water quality and stormwater management, pollution prevention, and watershed restoration.   

Living Classrooms Foundation of the National Capital Region: Anacostia High School Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience ($19,996)
Living Classrooms will offer a Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE) to 60 Anacostia High School students focused on stormwater runoff pollution. The program will use Kingman and Heritage Islands in the Anacostia River as a field experience site, and also provides intensive Professional Development for 46 teachers. Students and teachers will learn about the stormwater issues affecting the Anacostia, consider what personal and school-wide efforts can be taken at Kingman and Heritage Islands and within the community to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff pollution, and conduct student-designed action projects, which may include litter collection, plantings, or community advocacy that raises the level of local awareness of and investment in Kingman and Heritage Islands and promotes lifelong watershed stewardship. 

National Wildlife Federation: Sacred Grounds: Engaging the Hillcrest Community in Caring for Creation in the Anacostia Watershed ($19,612)
National Wildlife Federation (NWF) partnered with Interfaith Power Light (IPL) and East Washington Heights Baptist Church to educate and encourage the church congregation and Hillcrest neighbors to consider managing stormwater runoff from their property and planting natives to help restore wildlife habitat in the Anacostia River watershed.  

Capital Community Partners: Lluvia Verde: Green Career Training for DC Latinos ($15,000)
Capital Community Partners and ecoLatinos will conduct outreach and recruitment activities to increase participation of District Latino residents in workforce training on stormwater solutions by recruiting up to 30 Spanish-speaking students and provide RiverSmart Homes trainings. Training will be conducted through the Catholic Charities’ Pre-Apprenticeship Green Construction Program offered at the Spanish Catholic Center in Columbia Heights. Participants in this program will have an early career introduction to best management practices that will provide a pathway to green jobs focused on stormwater solutions.  

Pipkin Creative Communications: Beauty of the Bay Mural ($19,747)
Pipkin Creative Communications will create an original artwork wall mural on a highly visible public wall. The themes will be guided by a professional and experienced muralist who specializes in youth engagement and via public design charrettes. The input for the mural will be derived from several feedback sessions including student focus groups and public meetings. The mural will amplify the message of stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay through images of the plants and animals of the watershed and Bay as well as messages of proper trash disposal. In particular, messaging and themes of no littering and no disposal of trash in storm drains and catch basins. 

The Green Scheme: Ward 8 Water Watchers ($19,995)
The Green Scheme and the Audubon Naturalist Society, along with other local partners, will engage 125 people living near Oxon Run in Ward 8 through six family-oriented activities that will include nature walks, harvesting healthy produce, collecting creek critters to determine stream health, picking up litter, nature-focused art, a boat ride exploring a larger waterway, and a final celebration to learn about ways to continue to be a Ward 8 Water Watcher. The ultimate project goal is a cleaner, healthier Oxon Run and a more engaged community that takes action to steward its natural resources. 

The Urban Studio: The Virtual Studio: Designing for DC Stormwater ($20,000)
The Virtual Studio: Designing for DC Stormwater project is a series of five Masterclass style learning modules that will be hosted virtually using an interactive webinar format. The program will teach DC high schools students how to design for stormwater virtually on a real site in the Anacostia watershed. The project will connect students with practicing landscape architects, engineers,  andurban planners, and will raise awareness around DC stormwater challenges by harnessing the expertise of leaders on the cutting edge of solving stormwater problems. DC students will learn that design is the solution to pollution and are connected to careers that can transform their lives and the city in which they live. 

Urban Learning and Teaching Center: Lions in the City: Cleveland Elementary School Waterway Guardians in Shaw ($20,000)
This project is a partnership between Urban Learning and Teaching Center’s Urban Adventure Squad and Cleveland Elementary School. It will immerse the school's 4th and 5th graders in a long-term (SY 20-21), neighborhood-based, watershed education project that will connect them to the Anacostia River, beginning with the storm drain on their block and ending with an adventure on the river. These 4th and 5th graders will share their knowledge with the school's 2nd and 3rd graders to ensure that younger students at the school understand the connection between caring for their neighborhood and caring for their watershed, and so that the project creates a lasting culture of stewardship. 

Ward 8 Woods Conservancy: Restore Fort Stanton Park ($19,860)
Ward 8 Woods will help restore Fort Stanton Park by removing litter, cutting back invasive plants, and conducting community outreach to engage residents in its revitalization.

2019 Community Stormwater Solutions Grantees
11 grants totaling $217,330

Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC): Suitland Parkway Woods Project ($20,000)
ACC is the fiscal sponsor for the Suitland Parkway Woods Project, which will employ five residents of Ward 8 as Park Stewards to remove invasive plants and litter from the natural areas around Suitland Parkway. The project builds off the highly successful 2018 "Ward 8 Woods" Community Stormwater Solutions Grant by the same group.

Anacostia Riverkeeper (ARK): CleanSweep in Targeted Subwatersheds ($19,043)
ARK will conduct community trash cleanups and other outreach events with residents of the following targeted subwatersheds: Hickey Run, Nash Run, Watts Branch, Pope Branch. The project will educate citizens about the volumes of trash introduced to District's watersheds by stormwater runoff and the resulting impact on water quality. In addition, ARK will move its Litter Letters, a large 3D sculpture funded by a 2018 Community Stormwater Solutions Grant, from Anacostia Park to Kingman Island.

Constituent Services Worldwide Public Benefit Corporation (CSWPBC): Green Infrastructure Pathways Project ($20,000)
CSWPCB will employ seven District residents who face significant challenges to employment in a 100-hour post-certification, on-the-job training program. Participants will gain paid, interim work experience. Topics will include safety, tool handling, green infrastructure maintenance, invasive species removal, tree maintenance, and rain barrel installation.

Design Virtue: Studio DC: Developing Community Stormwater Solutions ($20,000)
Design Virtue will engage ten high school students on how to apply design thinking to water quality issues right in their own watersheds. The project will take place over ten Saturday workshops where students will explore Hickey Run, Nash Run, Watts Branch, and Kingman/Heritage Islands. Students will choose, create, and present their own watershed design projects to members of their families, communities, and design professionals and on social media to help raise awareness and bring about behavior change.

Earth Conservation Corps (ECC): Anacostia Raptor Watch Pilot Program ($20,000)
ECC will engage with students from the Houston Elementary School after-care program as they together explore the Nash Run subwatershed through direct service and hands-on citizen science programs including a school litter clean up and waste audit. Youth will learn about water quality issues, including the impacts of litter, invasive species, and green infrastructure.

Forma-i: Plastic Upcycling Workshops ($18,890)
Forma-i will educate and engage children and adults about plastics consumption habits and the risks of waste production, littering, and ecosystem destruction through five hands-on workshops starting with a community litter clean-up event. Subsequent workshops would employ a plastic transformer machine that breaks down plastics making them into new forms like bowls, jewelry, tile, and waste baskets.

Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA): The Green Ambassadors Guild ($20,000)
FONA will expand the Saturday Guild Program into a six-week summer program. Youth participants will explore environmental stewardship, including litter clean-ups, invasive species removal, an Anacostia River boat tour, rain garden maintenance, water quality testing, and other educational workshops.

Living Classrooms: Kingman Island Access Beautification Community Arts Project ($19,397.39)
Living Classrooms will work with about 100 Ward 7 residents to beautify the approach of Kingman and Heritage Islands via the Benning Road Ethel Kennedy Bridge with a community arts project. Volunteers will stencil 88 concrete wall panels along the bridge with wildlife designs selected by the communities. The project includes litter cleanups and a community boat tour.

Step Afrika!: Step Fest, an Activation of Kingman Island ($20,000)
Step Afrika! will produce Step Fest, a one-day event in August 2019 on Kingman and Heritage Islands. Funding will support general operations, marketing the event to local communities, support dance troops performing at the event, and watershed activities taking place at the event.

Urban Learning and Teaching Center (ULTC): Geocaching DC’s Waterways ($20,000)
ULTC will work with students at DC Bilingual PCS, Elsie Whitlow Stokes PCS, and Creative Minds International PCS to create a Geocaching series that educates the public and raises awareness about stormwater runoff, its effects on the pollution of the Anacostia River, and how to mitigate it.

Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA): Trail Rangers Expansion and Engagement in the Watts Branch Corridor ($20,000)
WABA will engage residents in the Watts Branch corridor to connect them with nearby trails,(Marvin Gaye Trail, Anacostia River Trail, and Suitland Parkway Trail), through organized rides and signage. Funding will also extend the trail rangers seasons to include the month of October, when bike ridership levels in the community are still high. Trail rangers will conduct trash cleanups and invasive species removal in these areas as well.

2018 Community Stormwater Solutions Grantees
10 grants totaling $181,985.

American University: MGC Green Roof Redevelopment Project ($20,000)
American University will redesign and renovate an existing, poorly functioning green roof with the objective of improving the stormwater holding capacity, increase pollinator productivity, and promote educational opportunities.

Anacostia Coordinating Council: Engaging Ward 8 Residents In Forest Restoration ($20,000)

Anacostia Coordinating Council and the Committee to Restore Shepherd Parkway will launch a pilot program to hire Ward 8 residents as Park Stewards. The steward will engage and educate neighbors of Oxon Run, Suitland Parkway, and Fort Stanton about the importance of litter prevention and illegal dumping.


Anacostia Riverkeeper: Litter Letter Project ($20,000)
Anacostia Riverkeeper will create a temporary art installation with an anti-littering message for the 2018 Year of the Anacostia.

Anacostia Waterfront Trust: Anacostia River Mobile “ParKit” ($19,999)

Anacostia Waterfront Trust will build and deploy a mobile green infrastructure educational toolkit called the "ParKit". The ParKit will be a multifunctional mobile green infrastructure demonstration tool and green space community amenity kit.

Anacostia Watershed Society: Healthier Communities, Healthier Anacostia River ($20,000)

Anacostia Watershed Society will work with Lamond-Riggs Civic Association, Langston Civic Association, and Historic Anacostia Block Association to build watershed awareness and foster community among neighbors through environmental engagement opportunities during the Year of the Anacostia.

Bancroft Elementary Parent Teacher Organization: Piney Branch Restoration Project ($19,986)

Bancroft Elementary Parent Teacher Organization will engage students and the community to restore woodland habitat on the slopes of Piney Branch valley that have suffered years of neglect. The project will raise awareness through education, outdoor activities, and community partnerships regarding the effects of stormwater run-off and the importance of environmentally healthy parkland.

Changing Perceptions: Changing Perceptions-Building Opportunity and Awareness ($20,000)

Changing Perceptions will work with returning citizens in the skills to own and run a stormwater solutions business. The project includes litter cleanup events, and free community seminars on native plants and gardening.

The George Washington University: GW Litter Collection and Characterization ($2,000)

The George Washington University will perform three waste characterization studies to evaluate the success of their existing zero waste strategies and to assist with increasing campus awareness of pollution prevention and the negative impacts of pollution on water quality.

Urban Learning and Teaching Center: D.C.’s Hidden Waterways ($20,000)

Urban Learning and Teaching Center, Urban Adventure Squad will partner with Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School to develop and implement stormwater curriculum for students in grades kindergarten through 5th. The curriculum will include field trips and hands-on activities about hidden waterbodies, stream restoration, and stormwater runoff.

Washington Parks & People: Think Outside Down by the Riverside ($20,000)

Washington Parks & People will expand their “Think Outside” campaign to incorporate invasive species removal, native trees, green infrastructure maintenance, perennial planting, and litter prevention.
The project includes organizing a community-led design workshop charrette to explore opportunities for new green infrastructure at Marvin Gaye Park.

2017 Community Stormwater Solutions Grantees

11 grants totaling $208,812.

Anacostia Watershed Society - Awareness through Art: Storm Drain Murals Project ($20,000)

Anacostia Waterfront Trust - Anacostia River Watershed Photo Database ($20,000)

Anacostia Waterfront Trust - Anacostia StoryMap: River of Resilience ($20,000)

Building Bridges Across the River - THEARC Living Classroom ($20,000)


Capital City Public Charter School - Trash Talk – Student-led Action Projects ($19,055)


Dance Place - 8th Street Arts Park Artistic Downspout and Trash Receptacles ($18,230)


Designgreen, LLC - Inspector Green ($19,980)


Earth Conservation Corps - Henson the Heron Plastic Bottle Sculpture ($19,987)


National Housing Trust – Enterprise Preservation Corporation - Copeland Manor Resident Engagement and Storm Drain Mural Project ($20,000)


Natural Resources Design, Inc - RiverTools: Training Maintenance Kit for Schools ($20,000)


Rooted and Sustained, LLC – Strengthening Community and Watershed Stewardship in River Terrace ($11,560)

2016 Community Stormwater Solutions Grantees

9 grants totaling $156,500.

Anacostia Watershed Society – Saving our Native Grasslands (SONG) - $13,000

Bona Terra – Sousa Middle School Rain Garden and Sculpture - $20,000

Dance Place – 8th Street Arts Park Native Gardens - $20,000

Endangered Species Coalition – Rock Creek Songbirds -$18,500

Forest Hills Neighborhood Alliance – Broad Branch and Linnean Stream Restoration and Education - $19,650

George Washington University – GroW Garden Rainwater Catchment System - $5,900

Landscape Architecture Foundation – RiverSmart Homes Rain Garden Evaluation - $19,990

Living Classrooms – Watershed Watchers - $20,000

University of the District of Columbia – East Capitol Urban Farm GZEP Education and Green Roof Project - $19,460

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