MLK DAY OF SERVICE January 2019
Friends of Quincy Run
Town of Bladensburg
Washington Rowing School
Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
Our Day of Service took place along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail south of the Bladensburg Waterfront Park on January 21, 2019.
12 determined volunteers gathered in the Park office to don waders and talk about the work ahead. We worked in the grove of newly planted trees to remove invasive vines and prepare the trees for spring. These trees are part of the restoration effort undertaken by the Anacostia Watershed society to replenish the wood lands devastated by the emerald ash borer.
The woodlands and wetlands are beautiful in winter. Bog magnolias with leaves still green can be seen in the frozen wetlands. Though most of the trees had no leaves, they protected us from the strong icy winds which raged all day.
Thank you so much to the volunteers who were able to make it. Mayor Kisha James and her husband (and former mayor) Walter bundled up and set right to work. Members of the Washington Rowing School pitched in. They have been rowing indoors all winter at the Port Towns Community Boathouse located in the Bladensburg Waterfront Park. Deanwood and College Park were represented
AWS EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Saturday April 22, 2017
Friends of Quincy Run Watershed hosted an event at their stream for
This year, Town of Bladensburg and Washington Rowing School, including junior rowers, partnered with Friends of Quincy Run to lead a clean up of the entire 1.3 miles of the stream flowing above ground. During this day of heavy rain 35 hearty volunteers hoisted and dragged illegally dumped trash, some of which had eluded volunteers for years. Among the volunteers were alumni from previous efforts on Quincy Run, and many other groups and organizations.
We thank all the great Friends of Quincy Run.
MLK DAY OF SERVICE Monday, January 16, 2017
This was a great event, fueled by the efforts of 25 energetic participants. Thanks to all of you, we cleared some of the most pernicious invasive plants that plague our important woodlands. This project also improved the security of this heavily traveled pedestrian route.
This tireless group stayed past our stop time until the two test areas were cleared, card-boarded, and covered with wood chips. This will smother the invasive vines. Several of our volunteers attacked the ivy which is choking much of our woodlands. When the group retired their shovels and clippers, the first and second row of trees at the wood edge were freed. By spring, the dismembered vines remaining on the trees should be brown and falling to the ground. These important steps will help to heal our natural areas.
Congratulations to the winner of the "Golden Gloves Award". This honor is given to the finder of the most unique "trophy trash." Steve, a long time Friend of Quincy Run, is shown here displaying his trophy - a hand crank movie camera circa 1965. His award will be presented at this year's Earthday Event.
Special thanks to our co-sponsors - Town of Bladensburg and Washington Rowing School. We hope participants will drop us a note through this page and let us know about your experience. For those of you who were not able to join us, drop by the site and let us know what you think.
Consider joining our Day of Service Event next year.
52nd Ave Footbridge
between Quincy & Newton Bladensburg, MD
Friends of Quincy Run ~ Town of Bladensburg ~ MNCPPC ~ Washington Rowing School ~ Anacostia Watershed Society
Thank you everyone!!!
Special thanks to our Park Rangers who hauled away all the trash before the day was done.
AWS EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Saturday April 23, 2016
Friends of Quincy Run Watershed was proud to serve as a host site for
This year, B5 Initiative and Town of Bladensburg, including its Police Department, and Washington Rowing School partnered with Friends of Quincy Run to lead a clean up of the entire 1.3 miles of the stream flowing above ground. Among the 120 volunteers were alumni from previous efforts on Quincy Run, and many other groups and organizations.
We thank all of you. You all are great Friends of Quincy Run.
Volunteers working at 10 sites braved rain, poison ivy, and a rising stream to collect much of the trash and illegally dumped items which choke our stream and mar our community.
Results are in. In all we cleared over
5000 pounds of trash*
- about 1/2 bulk trash
* these results will be reported by Anacostia Watershed Society to the Prince George's Department of the Environment to be included in our County's work towards Clean Water.
We ask that anyone who has pictures from the event, please send them to . We are setting up a google folder to share photos. We would love to include yours.
CLEAN-UP, GREEN-UP October 17, 2015
At the Tot Lot, B5 Block Captains, lead by Mr. Purnell Hall, director of Public Works for the Town of Bladensburg, and Ms. Chris Melendez, Lead Block Captain for the B5 Initiative, learned to recognize and remove invasive plants. Along with curious neighbors who dropped in to help, the Block Captains also planted oak leaf hydrangias, wax myrtle, butterfly weed, and coneflowers graciously provided by Prince George's County Department of Public Works and Transportation through County Executive Rushern Baker's Clean-Up, Green-Up program.
Meanwhile, Ms. Apria Gallman lead volunteers from B5Y2 - the youth branch of B5 Initiative - in their inagural event. Along with weeding, mulching, and installing additional nattive plants at the Footbridge gardens, they removed invasives from the Riverbirch Grove planted Earthday 2014 to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Anacostia Watershed Society. We look forward to more B5Y2 events in the watershed.
...and, down at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park, members of the Water Johnson Varsity Crew, lead by Master Gardener Dave Kneipp and Coach Carlie Williams, both long time friends of Quincy Run cleared invasives from the banks of Quincy Run. They also planted natives at the confluence of Quincy Run and the Anacostia.
In partnership with the Town of Bladensburg, the B5 Initiative, and the Walter Johnson Crew, Friends of Quincy Run organized removal of harmful plant species, and native planting at the 52nd Ave Tot Lot, the 52nd Ave Footbridge, and the Bladensburg Waterfront Park.
Thanks to our sponsors and partners who made Clean-Up, Green-Up happen. Continuing efforts like this contribute to the health of our community and our watershed.
AWS EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Saturday, April 25, 2015
Friends of Quincy Run undertook our most ambitious clean-up yet! Close to 200 volunteers worked at 12 sites along the almost one mile long above-ground stretch of the stream.
By the end of the 2 and a half hour long work session, 5547 pounds of trash had been removed from the stream bed, hauled up the steep banks, and stacked for pick-up by Ranger Ben Sweet of the MNCPPC . Volunteers also weeded and mulched our conservation landscape garden at the 52nd Ave Footbridge. Thanks to all who participated in this event. The day's total included the following:
84 bags of single use plastic bottles
(including 732 bottles in our largest snag)
34 bags of recyclable material
149 bags of non-recyclables
2280 lbs of bulk trash
plastic bags (not counted this year)
2 shopping carts
Friends of Quincy Run would like to extend a special thank you to our leads who kept their volunteers safe, happy, and productive. Your efforts are much appreciated. Many volunteers contacted us to say how much they enjoyed their morning at Quincy Run.
These folks made the day:
*Mike Arnold - Washington Rowing School * Chris Melendez - B5 Initiative * Anthony Noland - MNCPPC * Dave Kneipp - Master Gardener
* Zoe Rosenblum - Chesapeake Conservation Corps * Kevin Jeffery - DDoE * Trina Brown - Bladensburg Town Council * Dana Griffin - Bladensburg Police Department * Diane Cameron - Audubon Naturalist Society * Pat Jackman - Washington Rowing School *
*Joan Dombroski - Arlington Food Assistance Center * Dan Smith - Anacostia Watershed Society
engineers find surveyors stake
volunteers lead by Diane Cameron
wrapping up work at eastern end of the stream
volunteers stop to enjoy sodas brought by appreciative neighbors
a cart full of styrofoam
volunteers rejoiced when they heard that Prince George's joined DC and MoCo in banning poly styrene food containers
stream looks great trash-free!
Crew from Giant Foods clears trash from the steep hillside at Newton Green
Giant Crew organizing for work
volunteers weed and mulch the gardens installed and maintained by Friends of Quincy Run.
a family of volunteers stops to enjoy the grove of river birch planted for the 25th Anniversary of Anacostia Watershed Society, celebrated Earthday 2014
the haul from site 7 obscures the 52nd ave rain gardens
work is underway to clear the storm water pond of trash
Dave Kneipp helps volunteers load trash into a canoe
sites 4 and 5
trash from the storm water pond and the ravine beyond
sisters stop to check out the storm water pond, newly trash free
the bottle count at the trash snag gets underway
nearing the end of the bottle count - 732 in all - yikes!
takes team work to haul heavy objects up the steep stream bank
volunteers find 3 dead animals -a deer, beaver, and dog - burried beneath layers of trash
Chris Melendez help volunteers drag illegally dumped construction debris from Bladensburg Neighborhood Park at Kenilworth Ave
metal recyclers stop by for a pick-up
a tired but happy volunteer heads home after the event
Fran Tohler, director of Friends of Dueling Creek, and Marian Dombroski, Friends of Quincy Run, compare notes at the celebration
Irv Sheffie and Dolly Davis from Pope Branch Watershed arrive at the park for the celebration
AWS EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Saturday, April 5, 2014
In partnership with the Port Towns Youth Council WELLNESS AMBASSADORS and the Town of Bladensburg, Friends of Quincy Run Watershed hosted projects at two sites including 3 ambitious construction projects at the 52nd Ave Foot Bridge.
To commemorate their 25th Anniversary, the ANACOSTIA WATERSHED SOCIETY selected Quincy Run Watershed to be home to a grove of 25 River Birch. Under AWS supervision, our volunteers planted these beautiful native trees north of the foot bridge in a wet swale fed by one of Quincy Run's many springs, redirected to flow into the stream's wooded area. The Bladensburg Department of Public Works, under the leadership of Mr. Purnell Hall, prepared the site and laid the green infrastructure designed to accomplish this work. As well as providing a healthy habitat for the river birch and enriching the riparian adjacent to Quincy Run, this work provided the benefit of eliminating a flow pattern which caused dangerous icing of the sidewalk used by the many families who walk to Bladensburg Elementary School.
Volunteers at the footbridge installed 300 sf of permeable paving south of the foot bridge, replacing a muddy path along a highly eroded grassy area. The back breaking work of digging 2 ft into heavy clay soil was carried out by the Wellness Ambassadors and their families. Permeable paving was donated by Ernest Maier Inc.
Volunteers working near the Publick Playhouse and the 50th Ave Storm Water Pond removed:
25 bags of single use plastic bottles
18 bags of recyclable material and 25 bags of non-recycle-ables
60 lbs of bulk trash
400 plastic bags
4 shopping carts and 12 tires
For our 2013 project, Friends of Quincy Run Watershed were joined by volunteers from FEMA, Veterans from the Bladensburg Barber School, Staff of the Town of Bldensburg including Mayor and Director of Public Works, Bladensburg residents, and volunteers from the University of Maryland Engineering School. We returned to the 52nd Avenue Foot bridge to continue work to make this important location safe and beautiful. Off sidewalk foot traffic killed grass and compacted the soil causing run-off and erosion to the stream, and as well as flooding and icing. The raingardens will absorb some of this run-off. Volunteers:
CLEAN-UP, GREEN-UP 2013
Every Spring and fall, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker hosts a community beautification project. The county provides trash removal supplies and plant material to Home Owners Associations and Volunteer Groups to enhance their common land. THis is a great opportunity to improve the health of our watersheds.
planted 15 trees
installed a 200 sf rain garden
created 4 conservation landscape beds
planted 10 native shrubs, and numerous native plants
removed logs and debris from the box culvert
removed 4 broken bollards
relocated metal guardrail
On Saturday October 6, 2013, one of our own Friends of Quincy Run hosted an art event at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park. Ms. Katie WIlliams, an avid rower and Girl Scout devoted her Gold Award project to raising awareness about one of the best kept secrets in Prince George's County - our beautiful Anacostia River. Katie invited local artists and naturalists to conduct workshops in sketching. Park visitors participated in the workshops, capturing the flora, fauna and natural areas abundant in the park. Naturalists lead walks along, and informal talks about the Anacostia River. The culminating activity to this project was an exhibition.
Katie recieved her Gold Award from the Girl Scouts of America the following spring. After graduation, Katie is off to college.
WATER'S COLORS 2013
CLEAN-UP , GREEN-UP 2012
Friends of Quincy Run Watershed worked on projects at sites in two of the most vulnerable locations in the watershed. Graduate Students from the University of Maryland served as site leads, and provided interesting information about the function of Urban Streams. Rowers and Girl Scouts from Walter Johnson High School came out in force, working at two sites.
52nd Avenue Foot Bridge:
Volunteers salvaged materials, illegally dumped in the Bladensburg Neighborhood Park, to build flower beds for native plants.
Volunteers planted trees and native plants, and spread wood chips in an effort to reintroduce organic material to a stream bank decimated by recent construction activity.