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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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