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Freshwater Mussel Restoration Workday

April 4 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Note: This event is weather dependent

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Meeting Location: For this Mussel Restoration Workday, we will split into 2 groups to go to 2 different sites. During registration, you will have the opportunity to select which group you would like to be a part of:

  • Group 1:
    • Meeting Spot: Kenilworth 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: Kingman and Heritage Islands Park: 575 Oklahoma Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002 (map)
      • There is ample parking available at this location in RFK Lot 6 (this map shows where we will meet)
      • There is ample bike parking available and the site is also accessible by the X2 bus or a mile walk from the Stadium-Armory metro station.

Description: Volunteers will help AWS with a Freshwater Mussel Restoration Workday at 2 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 ecastelli2@anacostiaws.org or call 301-699-6204 x103.

Details

Date:
April 4
Time:
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Website:
https://www.anacostiaws.org/event/248-freshwater-mussel-restoration-workday.html

Organizer

Anacostia Watershed Society
Website:
http://www.anacostiaws.org/

Venue

Kenilworth Park
Washington, D.C. + Google Map