NNWB public meeting

September 5, Wednesday

7:30 - 9:15

Speaker and location TBD. Stay tuned.

GW Day of Service Stream Clean Up

September 8, Saturday

1 - 4 p.m.

Location: NWB behind the W. Hyattsville Metro Station.

Parking on Metro lot: $2.

NNWB will lead GWU students to improve the health of the NWB for their Day of Service.  In expectation of a large group from GWU, we will need several smaller group leaders as we spread out up and down the stream.  Can you help? Gloves, bags, and a few waders will be available. Wear long pants and sleeves and shoes that can get muddy.

Contact: Maurie.Kathan@gmail.com

Anacostia Watershed Community Advisory Committee (AWCAC) Open Meeting

September 11, Tuesday evening

Location: in Montgomery County for a change.

Exact location and agenda TBA.

All those interested in the health of the Anacostia watershed are invited to attend.

Lamberton Tributary Clean up

September 22, Saturday

9:30 - 11:30

Location: Meet at the end of Lamberton Drive, Silver Spring.

Leader: Laura Turbe, turbelee@gmail.com

Gloves and bags will be provided. Wear long pants and sleeves, and shoes that can get muddy.

3rd Annual Festival del Rio Anacostia

October 13, Saturday

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This is the Year of the Anacostia River, which has shown remarkable improvement after its long years of decline. A LOT of work has gone into that improvement.  Come see and enjoy the river!  NNWB will have an information booth and would welcome some helpers to cover it.

Contact: JamesGraham360@gmail.com

Fall Stream Monitoring

October, date TBD

Location: Usual spot a little downstream from the Old Randolph Rd. bridge.  If you would like to observe, contact GlennWelch@yahoo.com

Recent Event: Stream Clean-Up at W. Hyattsville Metro

July 1, 2018:  An enthusiastic team of five volunteers led by board member Maurie Kathan removed 9 bags of trash and 8 of recyclables from the stream and banks of the NW Branch behind the Metro station.  Many thanks to those who braved the very warm morning to improve the health and beauty of the Northwest Branch! 

Recent Event: Raingarden Plants that Attract Pollinators and Birds

Chris Lewis, Professional Horticulturist and manager of the garden shop at Behnkes, showed pictures and discussed the attributes of plants that do well in soggy sites.

Recent Event: Earth Day Stream Cleanups

NNWB sponsored three cleanup sites: Burnt Mills, Broad Acres Local Park, and the stretch of the NW Branch behind the W. Hyattsville Metro station.

Recent Event: Exploring the African American legacy in the NWB, Mar. 17, 2018

A group of 13 explored the Underground Railroad within a remaining patch of woods along the NWB, concluding with a visit to the Sandy Spring African American Slave Museum and Art Gallery.

Recent Event: Rethink your Yard with Rainscapes, Mar. 7, 2018

Ann English, Rainscapes Planner for Montgomery County spoke to our group of about how to turn yards into sponges to reduce polluted runoff into our streams, and how to tap into the county's program of rebates that help offset some of the cost.

Recent Event: "Sense of Wonder" virtual bird walk, Feb. 7, 2018

A group of over 20 participants were treated to a sight-sound match of birds and their songs, along with interesting information about the birds' habits and talents.  Many of these birds are ones we can expect to see on our outdoor bird walk April 7, 9 a.m., Burnt Mills dam.

Recent Event: MLK service weekend cleanups, Jan. 13 and 15, 2018

Check out pictures from a very cold weekend of cleanups at Broad Acres Local Park and the Lamberton Tributary. Both areas contribute trash to the Northwest Branch.  Best to get it BEFORE it gets to the Branch.

Recent Event: Cleanup at Burnt Mills (10/28/17)

Getting ready.

Participants from White Oak Middle School sign in and pick up bags and gloves for the morning's work.

On the job.

We would prefer not to have to clean up careless people's trash, but those who help in this endeavor enjoy some camaraderie while they work.


After sorting and consolidation, what we removed from the stream and valley amounted to 13 bags full of recyclables and 12 bags of other trash.

Recent Event: Rachel Carson House visit (9/16/17)

Meeting at Burnt Mills Dam

James Graham discusses the hike to Rachel Carson's home along the Rachel Carson Trail on the Northwest Branch.

Two Mile Trek

Walking north upstream on a beautiful day, if unseasonably warm.

Rachel Carson's Pollinator Garden

After the tour and presentations we toured the pollinator garden.