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Freshwater Mussel Restoration Workday

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

*Physical Level of Effort: Low*

Note: This event is weather dependent

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Meeting Location: For this Mussel Restoration Workday, we will split into 3 groups to go to 3 different sites. During registration, you will have the opportunity to select which group you would like to be a part of:

  • Group 1:
    • Meeting SpotKenilworth Aquatic Gardens Pond: 1550 Anacostia Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20019 (map)
      • The Deanwood Metro Station is also 0.5 miles away from this location (about an 11 minute walk)
      • Parking is available at this location
  • Group 2:
    • Meeting Spot: Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC): 1500 Anacostia Drive, Washington, DC 20019 (map)
      • There is ample parking available
      • This site can be accessed by car or bike trail and is a 2.1 mile walk away from the Anacostia Metro Station (about a 40 minute walk) and a 0.6 mile walk away from the Pennsylvania Ave & L Enfant Sq SE Metrobus Stop (about a 13 minute walk, buses 30N, 30S, 32, 34, 36, 39, B2, D51, M6)
  • Group 3:
    • Meeting Spot: Bladensburg Waterfront Park: 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD 20710 (map)
      • There is ample parking available
      • This site can be accessed by car, bus (Metrobus: T18, T14, F8), or bike trail

Description: Volunteers will help AWS with a Freshwater Mussel Deployment at 3 different sites throughout the Anacostia River Watershed! In 2015, we started surveying the native species of freshwater mussels in the Anacostia River to understand their diversity and abundance. In 2018 we started a mussel propagation project partnering with a mussel hatchery run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Virginia collecting local broodstock from the Anacostia River. Volunteers are critical to keep this project going and to meet our goal of enhancing mussel populations to increase their water filtration capacity to help clean our river. Mussel restoration workdays involve building, installing or maintaining the floating baskets where we culture our mussels or other protective structures associated with the baskets; and monitoring the growth and survival of the mussels every other month.

Physical Requirements: This event will likely involve lifting, bending, and walking in mud wearing boots or waders. Participants will be expected to wear closed-toed shoes for the duration of the event. These events may not be suitable for those with health issues. If you think any of the physical requirements will be problematic, please let us know.

Registration is required. Please register at least 2 days prior to the event date you chose to volunteer in order to receive additional information regarding proper clothing, etc.

For more information, contact Emily Castelli at or call 301-699-6204 x103.


May 2
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Anacostia Watershed Society


Kenilworth Park
Washington, D.C. + Google Map